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This is 58-year-old Alpha. He is married and has four children aged 7, 10, 15 and 21. He has three additional dependents, who live with him to assist in the business. In 1996, Alpha established his cooking utensil and plastic products business. The business started to enable him be self reliant and provide a livelihood for his family. Working seven days a week and 10 hours a day, he earns about 1,300,000 Leone (SLL) every month from this business.

He would like a loan in the amount of 5,000,000 SLL. Alpha has already received and successfully repaid three loans, and now requires a new loan in order to buy more cooking utensils and other plastic products. He hopes that this loan will enable him to increase his monthly profits by approximately 300,000 SLL. In the future, Alpha plans to open another shop at the outskirts of town. He thanks you for your support.

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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
  • 16
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,405.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD
A loan of $1,150 helped Alpha to pay for cooking utensils, plastic bowls and buckets.
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 16, 2012
Jun 6, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 6, 2012