This is 30 year-old Emma. She is married and has 4 children, aged 10, 13, 16 and 19 years. She has 1 additional dependent, who lives with her because she got her from the war.
In 2009, Emma established her onions, maggi (boullion cubes/powder), mayonnaise, salt, butter, pop corn, baking powder, ketchup etc. business. She began her business because she stopped schooling at form I due to poverty. She later got her teacher certificate and taught for 2 years but because of poor condition of service, she left and started a business.
Working 6 days a week and 11 hours a day, she earns about SLL 1,000,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of SLL 3,000,000. Emma requires a loan in order to purchase Maggi - 4 cartons @ SLL 290,000, sugar - 2 bags @ SLL 255,000, vegetable oil - 5 rubbers @ SLL 160,000, tin tomatoes 12 cartons @ SLL 42,000, salt - 1 bundle @ SLL 20,000. The balance of SLL 6,000 will be used to pay laborers to carry the items.
In the future, Emma plans to acquire a shop, provide quality education for her children and to become an international business woman. She thanks you for your support.
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A loan of $700 helped Emma to buy maggi - 4 cartons @SLL 290,000, sugar - 2 bags @ SLL 255,000, vegetable oil - 5 rubbers @ SLL 160,000, tin tomatoes 12 cartons @ SLL 42,000, salt - 1 bundle @ SLL 20,000. The balance of SLL 6,000 will be used to pay laborers to carry the items.