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Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 38-year-old Mariatu from Waterloo eastern area in Freetown. She is widowed with three children between the ages of 12 and 18. Her children are attending school.

Mariatu runs a stationery stall where she sells text books, pens, pencils and rulers. She has been running this business since 1994. She works at the business for ten hours per day. Mariatu says that the main challenge to her business is purchasing power is very low.

Mariatu has requested a loan in order to buy more stationery for resale. The extra income from this loan will allow her to purchase more goods to increase her business. In the future, she plans to expand her business into a shop.

She thanks you for your support!

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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
    View loans »
    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,329.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD