Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 42-year-old Hokie from Torkpoi town, Southern area in Bo. She is married with five children between the ages of 15 years and 25 years. Two of her children attend school. She began her business because she needs to raise income to support her family.
Hokie runs a wood store at her house; she sells wood, palm oil, and gari (cassava flakes). She has been running this business for 20 years. She works at the business every day, even on holidays, because her customer base has improved. Her other source of income comes from small-scale farming. She describes her major problems as the high cost of transporting the wood from the forest to the town, and poverty in their home.
Hokie has requested a loan in order to buy more wood, palm oil, and gari. The extra income from this loan will allow her to improve her family welfare and change her business to a provision shop. In the future, she plans to open a provision shop. 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.