This is 30-years-old Mariatu. She is married to a petty trader and has three children age 4, 7 and 12 years.
In 1996, Mariatu established her business in used clothing: underwear, dresses, trousers and skirts. She began her business because she decided to marry after the war when things were very hard for her parents.
Working six days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about SLL 900,000 every month from this business.
She would like a loan in the amount of SLL 5,000,000. Mariatu has already received and successfully repaid one loan, and now she requires a new loan in order to pay for four bales of dresses at SLL 450,000, two bales of skirts at SLL 600,000 and two bales of trousers at SLL 500,000 and three bales of underwear at SLL 300,000.
She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately SLL 200,000.
In the future, Mariatu plans to educate her children to college level and visit the holy land, Mecca, some day.
She is well known because of the type of items she is selling, which are in high demand. Mariatu is hard-working and honest. She thanks you for your support.
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.
A loan of $1,175 helped Mariatu to pay for four bales of dresses at SLL 450,000, two bales of skirts at SLL 600,000 and two bales of trousers at SLL 500,000 and three bales of underwear at SLL 300,000.