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This is 32-year-old Ruqiatu from Calabatown in Sierra Leone. She is married with two children, aged 9 and 15. They are both currently attending school.

Ruqiatu sells beans, 'benneh' (sesame) and groundnuts. She started her business in 2000 because she needed to create more income. She finds that the increase in transportation cost is her greatest challenge. She plans to use the loan to purchase more beans and 'benneh' (sesame) to expand her business. She hopes to one day become a producer of domestic goods. She greatly appreciates your support!

Additional Information

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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 32
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,320.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Ruqiatu to buy more beans and 'benneh' (sesame) to expand her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 21, 2013
Mar 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 17, 2014