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Forty-five-year-old Mariama, a married mother of two children, established her clothing business in 1991 to improve her economic situation and to see her children through their education. Working 6 days a week and 11 hours a day, she earns about Le 850,000 every month.

Mariama is requesting a loan for Le 5,000,000, Le1,000,000 of which she will use to buy local cotton, Le1,000,000 to buy Brillion and Le2,000,000 to buy wax cotton. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately Le 400,000. In the future, Mariama plans to build a dwelling house and a bigger shop. She thanks you for your support.

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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
  • 5
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,352.5
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Mariama to buy local cotton, Brillion and wax cotton.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 6, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2011