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Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 38-year-old Marie from Moriba town in the Southern area of Bo, Sierra Leone. She is married with two children between the ages of 13 years and 18 years old. Both of her children attend school. She began this business because her parents were in this business; she decided to carry on with the same type of business.

Marie runs a jewelry business; she sells nail polish, lipstick, bracelets, baby lotion, and necklaces. She has been running this business for 20 years. She works at the business 11 hours per day, 7 days per week. Her younger sister she took from the village also assists with her business. Her business is the only income she has. Marie says that the main challenges to her business are cost of transportation and competition in the market.

Marie has requested a loan in order to buy more jewelry, nail polish, lipstick, bracelets, baby lotion and necklaces. The extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her business and educate her children. In the future, she plans to see her business expand. 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
  • 54
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,327,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,347.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Marie to buy more jewelry, nail polish, lipstick, bracelets, baby lotion, and necklaces.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 7, 2012
Oct 9, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013