Ibrahim is a 39-year-old married man living near the town of Waterloo - the eastern area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. He has 2 children, ranging in age from 10 years to 16 years old, both of them currently attending school.
Ibrahim has been running his business for 18 years now, and sells bulgur, gari, palm oil and beans. His primary income comes from renting out a house. He also sells palm oil and goat on occasion. He says that lately the main challenge to his business is transportation cost.
Ibrahim has a successful history with BRAC, previously completing 1 loan. He has now requested this loan to buy more local food products such as bulgur, palm oil, gari and beans. He says that the extra income from this loan will help him to continue educating his children up to the university level.
Ibrahim has plans for expansion in the next 5-10 years, and his main goal is to build more stores and supply his customers. He says this will enable him to improve his status.
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.