Marie is 50 years old and widowed with four children, aged between 12 and 27. She runs a local food commodities store in Calabatown, a neighborhood in Freetown. Three of her children are currently attending school.
Marie has been in this business for 15 years and sells groundnut, beans, garri, and cassava at her store. She also earns income from renting out a house. She says that the main challenges to her business are transportation problems and inflation.
She requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone to purchase more local food items. Marie says that the extra income from this loan will help her educate her children. In the future, she would like to expand her 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.