This is 37-year-old Kadiatu from Krootown in the central area of Freetown. She is widowed and has three children between the ages of 17 and 20 years. Her children all attend school.
For the past eight years, Kadiatu has run a home commodities store, selling items such as cups, plates, bags and carpets. She began her business just after the war when she came back from Bo and she works six days per week, eight hours a day. Her parents did not send her to school and she leaned how to tie dye cloth from her mother. To earn additional income, she processes tie dye (gara) to sell to her customers. Kadiatu says that, while her customer base has increased, she lacks sufficient capital to run her business.
Kadiatu has requested a loan in order to buy more used items such as plates, suitcases, bags and carpets. The extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children. In the future, she plans to build a house.
She thanks you for your support!
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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.