Idrissa, 36, is married and has five children, ages 1, 5, 10, 12 and 16. Three are going to school. In 2004, Idrissa established his stationery and cosmetics business. He began his business because he lacked financial support that forced him to drop out of school in his Sixth Form. He had wanted to go to college but his parents could not afford the amount to see him through. He had to rely on petty trading. He did his best and he has done a lot for himself. Working seven days a week and 11 hours a day, he earns about Le 617,000 every month from this business. He would like a loan in the amount of Le 3,000,000. Idrissa requires a loan in order to purchase exercise books (12 cartons @ Le200,000) and foam laundry soap (10 cartons @ Le60,000). In the future, Idrissa plans to educate his children at whatever level they choose. The loan is another source of income to help him. The rainy season is his major problem because the mud on the road prevents customers from going to the market. His business is growing and he needs more capital to build it to a giant level. Idrissa is a hardworking and persuasive and offers good customer service. He thanks you for your support.
About the Association or Rural Development
The Association for Rural Development (ARD) is one of the leading microfinance institutions in Sierra Leone. Established in 1989, ARD has offered individual and group loans to support small-scale businesses across the country for two decades. You can learn more about ARD on its partner profile page, support the organization and its staff by joining the ARD lending team, or lend to another one of its borrowers currently raising funds on Kiva.