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Meet 40-year-old Mariama from Grassfield in the eastern area in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is married with three children between the ages of 18 and 22 years old. One of her children is a university student and two are currently attending school. Some six years ago, Mariama established her local foodstuff business. She sells beans, groundnuts, rice, and oranges. She began her business because she was a petty trader and now she wants to improve her business skills and standard of living. She works at her business every day of the month. She says that the main challenges to her business are weather conditions, food shortages, and price fluctuation.

Mariama requires a loan in order to buy more local foodstuff such as beans, groundnuts, rice, and oranges. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children. In the future, Mariama plans to expand and grow her business. She thanks you for your support.

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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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 53
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,327,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,320.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Mariama to buy more local foodstuff such as beans, groundnuts, rice, and oranges.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 15, 2012
Jul 6, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013