This is 32-year-old Abibatu from Waterloo, a neighborhood in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is married to a businessman, and she has a 16-year-old child. Abibatu is a very hardworking woman. She began this business because she did not go to school and grew up in the village. Local foodstuff sales is the business she understands best.
Abibatu runs a local foodstuff business. She sells beans, groundnuts, rice, corn, and pepper. She has been running this business for 15 years. She works at the business 7 days per week and 12 hours per day. She does not have any source of income except her business. She says that the main challenge for her business is transportation to move the goods from the province to Waterloo.
Abibatu has requested a Le 6000000 loan through BRAC to buy more local foodstuff such as beans, groundnuts, rice, corn, and pepper. The extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her child. In the future, she plans to expand her business and build more stores. She appreciates your support.
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.