This is 22-year-old Mariatu from Port Loko in the northern area of Sierra Leone. She is married with two children between the ages of two and four.
Mariatu runs a food stand within her community where she sells rice, palm oil and sugar. She has been running this business since 2010; she began this business to take care of her family. She works at the business eleven hours every day. She says the main challenges to her business are the poor road network within her operation area, and insufficient capital to operate her business.
Mariatu has requested a loan to buy rice, palm oil, sugar and soft drinks. The extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children and improve her family status.
In the future, she plans to expand her business even more. She appreciates 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.