This is 34-year-old Binta from Waterloo eastern area in Freetown. She is widowed and has two children, age 7 years and 12 years. Her children are currently attending school. As a widow, to educate children in Sierra Leone is very difficult.
Binta runs a general merchandise store. She sells Maggi (a product for enhancing flavors), onions, tomato paste and salt. She has been running this business for 15 years. She works at the business from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., seven days per week. She also earns income from small-scale farming. She says that the main challenges to her business are slow sales during rainy season and transportation costs.
Binta has requested a loan in order to buy more cooking seasonings like Maggi, onions, tomato paste and salt. The extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her business and educate her children. In the future, she plans to become a supplier. She appreciates 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.