This is 48-year-old Alie from Waterloo in the eastern area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. He is married with four children between the ages of 5 and 21 years old. Three of his children are currently attending school. He began this business because he did not go to school.
Alie sells local foodstuff. He sells pepper, palm oil and gari. He has been running this business for 25 years. He works at the business every day from morning to night. His business is the only income he has. He says that the main challenge to his business is insufficient capital to run his business.
Alie has requested a loan in order to buy more local foodstuff like pepper, palm oil and gari to expand his business. The woman featured in the video is the SEP officer from the Waterloo branch. The extra income from this loan will allow him to educate his children since he did not go to school. In the future, he plans to be a supplier of local foodstuff. He appreciates your support.
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.