This is 30-year-old Mariama from Torkpoi town, Bo Southern area, in Sierra Leone. She is a married mother of one child, aged 13 years. She began her business to have a permanent source of income.
Mariama runs a palm oil business; she sells palm oil around her neighborhood. She has been running this business for 10 years. She works at the business every day, 12 hours per day. Her husband is a driver; Mariama receives income from him and other relatives. She says her major business problem is the high rate of theft.
Mariama has requested a loan in order to buy more gallons of palm oil to resell. The extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her child and improve her level of income. She plans to expand her business to a store level in the future.
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.