Mary is 40 years old and married with three children, ages 14 through 20. All of her children attend school. She also supports two relatives at home.
Mary runs a general merchandise shop in Aberdeen, Sierra Leone and has been in this business for six years. She sells general merchandise such as drinks and bundles of water and has three employees working for her. She also earns income from a commercial taxi that her husband drives. Mary says that the main challenge to her business is inflation.
She requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone to purchase more drinks and water bundles. Mary says that the extra income from this loan will help improve her family’s standard of living. In the future, she would like to see her business grow.
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.