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This is 39-year-old Mariama. She is married and has one child aged 13 who is in primary school. In 2005, Mariama established her foodstuffs business. She began her business because she wanted to help her husband in taking care of their home. Working 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about Le 1,000,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 3,000,000.

Mariama requires a loan in order to buy brown bulgur, white bulgur and corn flour for her business. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately Le 250,000. In the future, Mariama plans to get her own store and to give her child a quality education. She thanks you for your support.

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About the Association or Rural Development

The Association for Rural Development (ARD) is one of the leading microfinance institutions in Sierra Leone. Established in 1989, ARD has offered individual and group loans to support small-scale businesses across the country for two decades. You can learn more about ARD on its partner profile page, support the organization and its staff by joining the ARD lending team, or lend to another one of its borrowers currently raising funds on Kiva.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 30
    View loans »
    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,436.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Mariama to buy bulgur, corn flour and rice for her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 16, 2012