Rugiatu, age 35, runs a general store where she sells such items as milk, biscuits, alcohol, and cigarettes. She lives with her husband and their two children, ages eight and 15, in Tombo, which is in a western rural area of Sierra Leone. Rugiatu started her business in 2008 because the income earned by her husband, a fisherman, was not enough to support the family. She tells us that the main obstacle to her enterprise is lack of capital to expand her business.
Rugiatu has requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone in order to purchase more items such as alcohol, milk, cigarettes, and biscuits to offer for sale. She says that the extra income from this loan will help her increase her business and allow her to pay her children's school fees.
In the future, she would like to buy a plot of land.
Rugiatu is grateful for your support.
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.