This is 49-year-old Fatmata. She is married and has three children aged five, eighteen and twenty-four. She has her younger sister's two children living with her as well. She helps with their education. In 1998, Fatmata established her gara and batik business. She began her business because she wants to be self-reliant after graduating from a technical vocational school. Her business is located in the outskirts of the city and her main customers are adults. Working 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about Le 1,463,900 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 3,000,000. Fatmata requires a loan in order to buy additional brillion, ink and caustic soda. She hopes that this loan can increase her production and improve the stock. In the future, Fatmata plans to establish a training school on gara tie dyeing for young girls, and hopes to produce more and make a larger profit. She thanks you for your support.
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.