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Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 45-year-old Binta from Krootown Central area in Freetown. She is married with two children who are 6 and 24 years old. Both of Binta children's are currently attending school.

Binta runs a general merchandise shop at a main road in town, where she sells various items, including crate drinks, rubber buckets, used clothes, pots, baby food, and plastic containers for water. She has been running this business for 10 years. She explains that she works at the business from 8 am until 6 pm, 7 days per week. Her other source of income comes from selling palm oil and gari (a staple food in her region). Binta says that her main business challenge is the fact that she lacks capital to invest in and expand her business.

Binta has requested a loan in order to buy more goods, such as crate drinks, rubber buckets, used clothes, pots, and baby food. With the additional profits she expects to generate as a result of the loan, she will be able to improve her family's standard of living and living conditions. In the future, she plans to open a bigger shop in town. She thanks you for your support!

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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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,325.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Binta to purchase additional inventory (e.g., crate drinks, rubber buckets, used clothes, pots, and baby food).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 8, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 18, 2013