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Leila lives in a remote village in northern Ghana. The nearest town is a 3-hour bus ride along a bumpy red-dust road, inaccessible after rain.

Leila struggled to make ends meet on her farm. With no formal training or access to the resources needed, her farm barely produced enough to feed her family let alone extra to sell. A loan, alongside agricultural and financial training from Opportunity International, enabled Leila to buy fertiliser and farm more efficiently so that she dramatically improved the farm’s productivity

I have been farming since I was a child. My father died when I was very young so I had to go to the fields because my mother needed help to support us. I now farm to take care of my children.

I used to face a lot of problems in farming, for example how to get fertiliser, but since Opportunity came, farming became a lot easier. Opportunity helped me, I got a loan to buy fertiliser and they taught me how to farm properly.

Before Opportunity I would only get 3 bags at harvest, but when Opportunity came I got 9 bags. My life has changed. Now because I save the money, when my children's school fees are due I can pay or when they are sick I can send them to the hospital.

In our community the men have delegated all the responsibility of children to us as women. Being able to make my own money and run my business, I have managed to get more confidence. I am able to put my children through school without my husband’s support. Now I am respected in the community. Opportunity came and taught us how to change our lives.