Ramatu is 34 years old and married with 3 children between the ages of 5 and 16. She runs a provisions and assorted drink store in Goderich, a neighborhood in Freetown. She also takes care of 4 relatives as well as their immediate families.
Ramatu has owned this business for 7 years and sells soft drinks, bag sugar, sardine cartons, butter, and stout crates at her store. She also earns income from renting out a house. She says that the main challenge to her business is the transportation and storage of drinks.
She requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone to purchase more provisions and assorted drinks. Ramatu says that the extra income from this loan will help her to continue to educate her children and improve her standard of living. In the future, she would like to open more branches and invest in another business.
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.