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This is 39 year-old Mariatu. She is married and has 4 children ages 23, 20, 18, and 15 years.

In 2002, Mariatu established a clothing business. She began her business in order to develop her home and it is her major source of livelihood. Working 7 days a week and 8 hours a day, she earns about 900,000 Sierra Leone leones every month from this business.

Mariatu would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. She has already received and successfully repaid 1 loan and now requires a new loan in order to buy wax cotton and other clothing materials. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately Le 250,000.

In the future, Mariatu plans to send her daughter abroad, to own a house, and to have a larger business center. She thanks you for your support.

Additional Information

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
  • 16
    View loans »
    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,385.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Mariatu to buy wax cotton and other clothing materials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2012