Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 42-year-old Salamatu from Calabatown, in the eastern area in Freetown. She is married with two children between the ages of 24 and 27. One of her children attends school. Salamatu has four additional dependents that live with her because they are relatives from her village.
Salamatu runs a cookery where she prepares and sells local food such as fried rice, cassava leaves, soft drinks, and rice. She also runs a store where she sells cement. She has been running these businesses for 18 years and she works 11 hours every day except public holidays. Salamatu’s husband also provides income with his work as a driver. Her business challenges include transportation costs and time, as it takes her two hours to buy ingredients from town and return home. Salamatu starts preparing food at 4:30 am and she will not rest until it is finished.
Salamatu is requesting a 4,000,000 SLL loan to purchase more cement. The extra income from her loan will allow her to improve her standard of living. In the future, Salamatu plans to expand her cement store. She thanks you for 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.