Mervis has got it right. She is the first in the Candy MED cohort to pay back her micro loan. Buying only the best lake fish, gutting, sun drying and selling added value with her USP of “quality first”, she has gained an enviable reputation in the villages. Toiling with energy and ingenuity that would have kept Mervis well clear of Lord Sugar’s boardroom, it is difficult to believe that this life changing enterprise was seeded with a loan equivalent to just under £15.00. This dignity and purpose at a price that a commercial bank could not entertain, only just elevates Mervis to a smidgen above subsistence level.