Marie Y. is a very happy and lovely woman. She is 38 years old, married, and has four children: a boy and three girls.The first child is in college and the last three children are in secondary school. Her husband works as a general secretary in one of the motor parks. They live with their children in Grassfield Lumley.
Marie owns a shop where she sells cooked food and palm oil around Lumley market, an area of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. Marie has been in this business for 15 years now. She joined LAPO,SL as a client in July 2008. Since then, she has taken three loans.With her previous loans she has been able to open two more centres for her cookery business. She is seeking a loan of 3,000,000 SLL from Kiva lenders through LAPO,SL for her to expand more and more in her business and also to help her family.