Marieatou is a member of Ding Ding Bantaba Credit Union, in the Bwiam region. She lives in Sibanor and is a mother of six. Marieatou works as a cook in the nearby Abca Creek Lodge, an eco-tourist lodge. Marietou joined the credit union in 2016. She took her first loan to buy a deep freezer. She used this to set up a business enterprise to sell ice to people living in her local community. Marietou is “grateful to her credit union because it supported her with a loan and helped her to earn extra income for her family”.