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This is thirty-five-year old Isata. She is married and has one child, aged two.

In 1995, Isata established her clothing and textile business, selling mainly “brillion”, lace, cotton and woolens. She began her business because she realized it was the only means for her survival and better living standards for her and her family. Her business is located in the city center and her main customers are adults. Working 6 days a week and 12 hours a day, she earns about 2,000,000 SLL every month from this business.

She would like a loan in the amount of 5,000,000 SLL. Isata requires a loan in order to buy additional clothing and textiles for her business. In the future, Isata plans to make a small boot to protect her goods from getting wet during the rains and educate her children. She thanks you for your support.

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This loan is to a borrower living in Sierra Leone, one of the countries in West Africa currently experiencing an Ebola outbreak. The epidemic is the largest in history, claiming thousands of lives and deeply affecting the national economy. This partner is continuing to operate throughout the outbreak, but accordingly these loans will have a higher risk associated with them. Learn more about the epidemic here

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
  • 22
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,379,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,395.6
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Isata to pay for cotton, "brillion" and other clothing materials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 16, 2014
May 23, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2015