Meet 36-year-old Rugiatu from Moriba town in the southern region of Bo, Sierra Leone. She is widowed with 3 children between the ages of 12 and 18 years. Her children are currently attending school. In 1998, Rugiatu established her beverage business. After her husband died during the war, there was no one to take care of her family, so she decided to start the business as a permanent source of income. She works every day, 15 hours a day. She says that the main challenge to her business is the high cost of transportation.
Rugiatu requires a loan in order to buy more soft drinks, stout, beer, and fruit wine. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children. In the future, Rugiatu plans to expand her business further. 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.