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This is 43 year-old Marie. She is married, and has 3 children aged 10, 6 and 4. She has 5 additional dependents, who live with her because to help in their schooling and to also help in the business. In 1991, Marie established her cooking condiment business. She began her business to help the husband to take care of the house and to meet her personal needs. Working 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about Le 1,700,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. Marie has already received and successfully repaid 4 loans, and now requires a new loan in order to buy additional oil, rice seasoning, maggi, tomato paste and mayonnaise. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately Le 300,000. In the future, Marie plans to own a shop, build a house and educate her children. 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
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,310.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Marie to pay for maggi, tomato paste, cooking oil, seasoning and mayonnaise.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2012