Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 48-year-old Fatmata from Waterloo eastern area in Freetown. She is married and has three children between the ages of 9 years and 20 years. Two of her children attend school. Famata did not go to school, her parent taught her business, and her husband is a driver but his income is not enough to support the home, so she decided to start her business to generate income.
Fatmata runs a food market within a busy market area. She sells palm oil, gari and pepper. She has been running this business for 28 years. She works at the business from 5:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., seven days per week. Her business is the only income she has. Fatmata says that the main challenge to her business is the poor road network to the village where she buys goods.
Fatmata has requested a loan in order to buy more food like palm oil, gari and pepper. The extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children and improve her standard of living. In the future, she plans to build a shop structure on her own and increase her business. 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.