“I tried to get a loan from a bank before, but it didn’t work out. The interest rate was very high, it was just too expensive. Then I heard about Medical Credit Fund. Through them, I was able to get my first affordable loan from Diamond Bank. We really needed to expand our stock to meet the growing demand from clients for both over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
We also renovated the place – I invested in good shelves, made more room for displays and put more products at eyelevel. We installed new lighting, retiled the floor and painted the whole pharmacy. Since then, we have had a steady growth of clients and revenues. We used to have between 95 and 120 walk-ins a day, but now we see about 170 clients. Some days, it can even be up to 200. As a community pharmacy, we play an important role. For a lot of people in Nigeria, the pharmacy is the first line of care when you’re sick.”
– Mrs. Ada Okorie, owner and manager of Julie Harrison Pharmacy