Umu is 23 years old and single with no children. She runs a pharmacy in Lumley, near a neighborhood of Freetown. She takes care of three relatives.
Umu has been in this business for three years and sells blood tonic, capsules and various types of medicine at her store. She earns additional income from distributing soft drinks and bundles of water. She says that the main challenges to her business are expired drugs and increasing shop rent.
She requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone to purchase various types of medicines. Umu says that the extra income from this loan will help her increase her savings. In the future, she would like to expand her business to various other districts.
About BRAC Sierra Leone
This loan is administered by BRAC Sierra Leone. BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, takes a multi-dimensional approach to attacking poverty through offering a comprehensive range of programs in the realms of microfinance, capacity building, livelihood development, health, education, and social justice.
BRAC Sierra Leone plays a large role in providing economic empowerment to communities that lack access to the financial mainstream. BRAC Sierra Leone offers small enterprise loans to men and women who desire to expand their small businesses, generate employment opportunities, and provide new services. More information can be found on BRAC Sierra Leone’s Kiva Field Partner Page.