This is 58 year-old Alpha. He is married and has four children aged eight, ten, sixteen and twenty-two. He has three additional dependents who live with him to assist with the business.
In 1996, Alpha established his cooking utensils and plastic products business. He began his business after spending much of his time at the mines with no improvement; he wanted to be self reliant to meet his family's needs. His business is located in a busy market area and his main customers are visitors to the market (adults, especially women). Working 7 days a week and 12 hours a day, he earns about 1,518,000 SLL every month from this business. He would like a loan in the amount of 5,000,000 SLL.
Alpha has already received and successfully repaid four loans, and now requires a new loan in order to buy rubber bowls, plastic shopping baskets, flasks, and drinking cups. He hopes that this loan can help in increasing his stock.
In the future, Alpha plans to expand his business at the outskirts of town. He also hopes to be able to take care of his children's education. The loan can improve his sales and thus increase profits. He thanks ARD for the support. He thanks you for your support.
About the Association or Rural Development
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