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Aminata, who is married to an Arabic teacher and has two dependents, sells gara, a type of clothing. A quiet and hardworking businesswoman, Aminata was initially financed by her husband to establish her gara trade three years ago and now needs a loan in the amount of 3,000,000 SLL to buy more gara. She intends to use the additional profits resulting from her loan to help educate her children to university level and establish a savings account for her retirement.

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About the Association or Rural Development

The Association for Rural Development (ARD) is one of the leading microfinance institutions in Sierra Leone. Established in 1989, ARD has offered individual and group loans to support small-scale businesses across the country for two decades. You can learn more about ARD on its partner profile page, support the organization and its staff by joining the ARD lending team, or lend to another one of its borrowers currently raising funds on Kiva.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 54
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,327,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,900.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $775 helped Aminata to buy more gara for her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 25, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 16, 2011