Gladys is 48 years old and divorced with four children, age 11 to 30. She runs a furniture store in Kroo town in the central part of Freetown. She has four employees working with her. She also takes care of four relatives.
Gladys has been in this business for 10 years and sells beds, chairs, mirror glass and dining tables at her store. She also earns income from supplying imported eggs to customers. She says that the main challenge to her business is the problem of transportation from one place to another.
She requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone to purchase more timber for her furniture business. Gladys says that the extra income from this loan will help her improve her business. In the future, she would like to open a showroom.
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.