This is 34-year-old Mariatu. She is married and has two children, ages 8 and 10 years old. They are school-going children. She has two additional dependents, who live with her to be fostered.
In 1999, Mariatu established her used clothing business selling under vests, bodices, knickers, children's dresses, boxers, etc. She began her business as she was not privileged to attend school and was introduced to farming. When her father died, they sold some of their father’s properties and shared the money. She used her share to start her business. Working seven days a week and 11 hours a day, she earns about 2,000,000 leones (SLL) every month from the business. She is a hardworking and honest businesswoman.
Mariatu would like a loan of 5,000,000 SLL. She has already received and successfully repaid two loans and now requires a new loan in order to purchase under vests (3 bales @ 800,000 SLL) and bodices (4 bales @ 650,000 SLL). There are times when some bales will not be of good quality. In the future, Mariatu plans to build a house, educate her children and acquire a shop. This loan will help to increase her income.
Mariatu thanks ARD for improving her business. She thanks you for your support.
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