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This is 31-year-old Mariama. She is married and has 1 child, age 10 yrs. She has 2 younger sisters who live with her to assist in running her business. In 1998, Mariama established her textiles business. She began her business at an early age with her mother. It was the only activity the family depended on. There was nothing else that could bring income into the home because of the ideology that girl children are not meant for school, but only to be at their marital homes. She was convinced of the concept and decided to be in line with the family.

Working 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about Le 1,200,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 3,000,000. She requires a loan in order to buy 10 rolls of cotton lace @ 300,000 each. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately Le 963,000.

In the future, Mariama plans to rent a big shop on the most busy street in town so that she can have more sales and realize more profit, and also support her husband in educating their child to university level. Hardworking and very grateful, she thanks you for your support.

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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
  • 53
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,327,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,300.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Mariama to buy 10 rolls of cotton lace.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 8, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 16, 2012