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Meet 56-year-old Hawa from Waterloo, a rural area in western Sierra Leone. She is married with two children, aged 10 and 18 years old. One of her children is currently attending school.

Hawa has been in her cookery business for 38 years. She began her business because she never attended school, and her parent brought her with trading, so up until now she has always been trading for a living. She works at the business 12 hours per day, 6 days per week. She says at present her business is doing well, and her and her children are able to survive out of the cookery sales.

Hawa requires a loan in order to buy more rice, cooking oil and cooking seasonings. She hopes that the extra income generated from this loan will allow her to increase her business and pay her childrens' school fees. In the future, Hawa plans to expand her business to a restaurant. She thanks you for 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
  • 29
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,329.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $125 helped Hawa to buy more rice, cooking oil and cooking seasonings.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 2, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2014