This is 36-year-old Aminata B. She is married and has 4 children aged 14, 9, and 7 years old along with a 1 month old baby. 3 of her children are in school. In 2013, Aminata B. established her business selling provisions including milk, sugar, mayonnaise, coffee, tea leaf, butter, etc. She started her business because her mother could not pay her school fees after her father died. She and her two sisters had to drop out of school giving their only brother the chance to continue his education. She began helping at her mother's business to sustain the household and pay her brother's school fees. Working 7 days a week for 12 hours a day, she earns about 505,000 SLL every month from this business. She would like a loan of 4,000,000 SLL to purchase cartons and dozens of assorted provisions. In the future, Aminata B. plans to develop her business and improve her family’s status. Competition is her largest challenge and her business requires large amounts of capital. Aminata is very competitive and hardworking. She thanks ARD for giving her the opportunity to acquire a loan and she thanks you for your support.
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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.