Palomisa, who lives in Mozambique, produces and sells maheu, a traditional beverage made from grain that’s cooked in huge cauldrons over an open fire. “My mother used to make it, and when I drank it, I liked it. Not a lot of people make it, so I decided to make it as a business,” she explains. She first launched her business in 2002, and since then she has found a thirsty clientele. She’s even heard that people are trying to copy her, putting their own product into her bottles.
To help modernize her business, protect her product, and bring it into new markets, Palomisa plans to get a bigger loan from her bank, Accion portfolio company Socremo. “The business must grow and move to other areas. I would like to seal the bottles with a machine,” she says. “People from outside the country want maheu, but I can’t get it to them,” she adds.
So far, Palomisa feels Socremo has been a valuable supporter of her growing business. “I used to be scared to get a loan with a bank, but since I started with Socremo, I never regretted it. They are like a family. They’re like a mother and father, they help you. Everything I have, the house, the business, is because of Socremo,” she says.