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Meet 33-year-old Umu from Kandeh town Bo in Sierra Leone. She is married and has three children between the ages of 3 and 13. Two are currently attending school.

In 2007, Umu established her general store business. She began her business because she wants to raise income to support the home. She works at the business for 10 hours per day and seven days per week. She used to work door to door to introduce her products. She says that the main challenge to her business is proper business location.

Umu requires a loan in order to expand her business by purchasing additional flour, sugar and cooking oil. She will use the anticipated profit to pay school fees for her children. In the future, Umu plans to open a big shop. 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
  • 2
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,319.7
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $225 helped Umu to expand her business by purchasing additional flour, sugar and cooking oil.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 15, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2013