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This is 56-year-old Ibrahim. He is married and has five children, aged 21, 20, 18, 15 and 10 years; three are school-going children. In 2002, Ibrahim established his food (rice, onions, sugar, and salt) business. He began his business because he came from a poor background. He was not able to finish his secondary education; he then decided to join his brother who was a trader. They traded from place to place until he set up his own business. Working seven days a week and 11 hours a day, he earns about 537,000 Le (Sierra Leone leones) every month from this business.

He would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. Ibrahim requires a loan in order to purchase bags of rice, sugar, salt and onions. In the future, Ibrahim plans to educate his school-going children and develop his business. Competition is his main challenge. The loan will help him achieve his dream because it will enable him to buy more stock for his growing business. He is hardworking and committed to his business. He 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
  • 16
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,314.8
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Ibrahim to pay for more bags of rice, onions, sugar and salt.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 1, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2013