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This is 45-year-old Mariama. She is married and has 4 children aged 20,17,15 and 10 years. She has 2 additional dependents living with her.

In 1982, Mariama established her business selling textiles, clothing, suitcases, etc. She is not educated. Working 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about Le 1,000,000 every month from this business.

Mariama would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. She requires this loan in order to buy more textiles and clothing, as it is in high demand in her market area. In the future, Mariama plans to build her own house and own her own shop. 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
  • 32
    View loans »
    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,310.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD
A loan of $1,175 helped Mariama buy textiles and clothing to sell.
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 24, 2012