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This is 41-year-old Mariama. She is married and has 4 children aged 24, 21, 17 and 14. She has 1 additional dependent who lives with her and assists her in taking care of her business.

In 2002, Mariama established her business selling shoes, traveling boxes (luggage), clothing and textiles. She began her business just to assist her husband in the running of the home. Her business is located at the city center and her main customers are mostly women. Working 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about 420,000 SLL every month from this business.

She would like a loan in the amount of 3,000,000 SLL. Mariama has already received and successfully repaid 1 loan and now requires a new loan in order to buy dozens of ladies shoes for 1,000,000 SLL and traveling boxes for 2,000,000 SLL. She hopes that this loan will increase her income level. In the future, Mariama plans to educate her children, to build a house and to further increase her stock level. She appreciates the gesture she is receiving from Kiva. She thanks you for your support.

Additional Information

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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 29
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,327.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Maraiama to buy more shoes, travelling boxes, clothing and textiles for her shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 20, 2013
Oct 6, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014