Mbalu is 47 years old, widowed, and has three children. She runs a local food business in Kandeh town Bo, Southern area in Sierra Leone, which she has been doing for nine years. She began this business after the death of her husband. Mbalu sells gari (a couscous-like grain made from grated cassava). Her business is the only income she has.
Mbalu is requesting a loan from BRAC Sierra Leone, which she will use to buy more bags of gari to sell. The main challenges to her business are competition in the market and the cost of transportation which is very high.The extra income from this loan will help her increase her business and educate her children. In the future, Mbalu would like to open a gari store.
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.