This is 46-year-old Mohamed. He is married to an experienced small-scale retailer and has seven children aged 3, 6, 9, 11, 15, 18 and 21 years. He has one additional dependent, who lives with him because he helps him with his business.
In 1999, Mohamed established his photography and photocopying equipment and accessories business. Working 6 days a week and 10 hours a day, he earns about Le 1,450,000 every month from this business. He would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. Mohamed has already received and successfully repaid two loans and now requires a new loan in order to buy film (2 packets @ Le450,000), batteries (2 cartons @ Le150,000), 1 camera at Le700,000, duplicating papers (2 cartons @ Le500,000) and photocopy ink (3 cartons @ Le600,000). He hopes that this loan will enable him to increase his monthly profits by approximately Le 300,000.
In the future, Mohamed plans to buy a vehicle, establish a bar with a cinema, and educate his children to the highest level they wish to achieve. High customs duties and rise in cost of goods are his business challenges. He serves a majority of the Makeni community in photocopying and photography. He is very serious and hard-working in his business. He thanks you for your support.
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