This is 60-year-old Ishmail. He is married and has three children aged 30, 25 and 15 years. All of them go to school. In 1965, Ishmail established his blacksmith business. He began his business because he had learnt this trade from his elder brother. They were not fortunate enough to go to school due to lack of finance Their parents were poor farmers. His brother and he had to process and sell pots, knives and hoes to sustain the family.
Working six days a week and 12 hours a day, he earns about Le 234,000 every month from this business. He would like a loan of Le 3,000,000 to purchase 600 kilos of aluminum for LE 3,000,000.
In the future, Ishmail plans to expend his business and to open a showroom to display his goods. He is a hardworking business man. He thanks you for your support.
About the Association or Rural Development
The Association for Rural Development (ARD) is one of the leading microfinance institutions in Sierra Leone. Established in 1989, ARD has offered individual and group loans to support small-scale businesses across the country for two decades. You can learn more about ARD on its partner profile page, support the organization and its staff by joining the ARD lending team, or lend to another one of its borrowers currently raising funds on Kiva.