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Meet 35-year-old Mariama, from Torpoittown in Sierra Leone. She is married, with three children between the ages of 8 years and 13 years. Her children are currently attending school.

In 2007, Mariama established her salon business. She began her business because she needed to create her own source of income, instead of depending on her husband alone. She works at the business 8 hours per day and six days per week. She says that the main challenge to her business is price inflation.
Mariama requires a loan to purchase more hair, hair-relaxing cream, and curing pins to expand her business . She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her business and pay her children's school fees.

In the future, Mariama plans to expand her business even more. She thanks you for your support.

Additional Information

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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 23
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,379,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,337.8
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Mariama to purchase more hair, hair-relaxing cream, and curing pins to expand her salon.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014