Total loan: $150


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Kissy, Western Area, Sierra Leone / Retail

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A loan helped to purchase caustic soda for resale.

Jeneba's story

Meet Jeneba. She sells powdered soap which is made using a traditional ‘Africana’ method. Palm oil is heated until it is clear in colour. While the palm oil cools, pure water is poured into a separate large bowl and is mixed with caustic soda. The solution is carefully mixed with a long wooden stick. After 10 hours or so, the palm oil is slowly poured into the mixture and is then mixed vigorously. The mixture is dried and grated into soap. Africana soap is very well regarded and is used by locals to wash both themselves and their clothes. Jeneba is 42-year-old from Jui western rural area in Freetown. She is married with two children. More than three years ago, Jeneba established her soap business. She began her business because she wanted to generate a permanent source of income to support her children. She works at the business from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm, 7 days per week. She says that the main challenge to her business is insufficient capital to expand her business. Jeneba requires a loan in order to purchase caustic soda for resale. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children and expand her business. In the future, Jeneba plans to expand her business to a higher level. She thanks you for your support.