This is 41-year-old Isata. She is married and has four children, aged 3, 7, 14 and 26. She has one additional dependent who lives with her to help with the house chores.
In 1999, Isata established her textiles business. She began her business because she wanted to be self-reliant and help her husband with running the home. Her business is located in the city center, and her main customers are adults.
Working seven days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about 1,434,000 SLL (Sierra Leone leones) every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of 5,000,000 SLL. Isata has already received and successfully repaid one loan, and now requires a new loan in order to buy additional cotton, wax, lace and linen materials. She hopes that this loan will increase the stock and improve the profit.
In the future, Isata plans to improve the business and expand to the trade of plastic products, hoping to open outlets within the city. She started in a stall and now she has a shop. If given more support, she will improve the business to other areas of the town. 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.