Musa is 36 years old and married with 2 children ages 12 years and 15 years. He runs a pharmacy and cosmetics store in Lumley in the western area of Freetown. Both children are currently attending school.
Musa has been in this business for 8 years and sells medicines and cosmetic like cream, Vaseline, pads, blood syrup (tonic), cola syrup and malaria drugs at his store. He also earns income from another business, a taxi transportation business. He says that the main challenges to his business are competition among sellers and price fluctuation.
He requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone to purchase more medicines and cosmetic items. Musa says that the extra income from this loan will help him improve his standard of living for his family. In the future, he would like to be importing drugs and cosmetics from abroad.
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.