This is 36-year-old Salamatu. She is widowed and has three children aged four, nine and fourteen. She also has one additional child living with her in order to assist a younger sister in her schooling. In 1998, Salamatu established her business selling cooking utensil and cups after dropping out of school, to help her husband pay their household expenses. Her business is located in the city center and her main customers are local adults. Working seven days a week and 14 hours a day, she earns about 1,106,550 Sierra Leonean leones (SLL) every month from this business.
Salamatu would like a loan in the amount of 3,000,000 SLL in order to pay for additional plates, dishes and sauce pots. She hopes that this loan will improve her stock and raise profits. In the future, Salamatu plans to expand the business to the outskirts of town and hopes to be able to make more 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.