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This is 22-year-old Mariatu. She is a divorcee and has no children. In 2011, Mariatu established her Building Materials & Electrical Appliances business. She began her business because she wanted to improve her livelihood. Her business is located on the outskirts of town and her main customers are contractors and men. Working 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about Le 1,600,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan of Le 5,000,000. Mariatu requires a loan to buy building materials like cement, iron rods, nails and paints for resale. In the future, Mariatu plans to build a house and establish another business outlet in the city. She thanks you for your support.

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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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 5
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,300.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Mariatu to buy building materials like cement, iron rods, nails and paints.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 19, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2013