A loan of $275 helped to buy rice, palm oil and containers of chicken in bulk.


Aminata's story

This is Aminata, a 40-year-old hard-working local business woman. She is from Waterloo 1, a community near the small and busy western rural area in Sierra Leone.

Aminata is married and blessed with 3 children. She also supports 2 other extended family members. This extended family also helps her to run the cookery business.

Aminata sells “cookery” beside a busy road. “Cookery” is a modest term for the wealth of spicy stews that are cooked by local people and served with rice. The building blocks of ‘cookery’ are palm oil (which is used as the base for the stews), rice, seasoning and chicken or fish. Aminata also serves grilled chicken to her customers.

Aminata works hard 12 hours per day, 6 days a week. She says that her business is doing ‘ok' because she is able to pay her weekly instalment.

Aminata would like this loan so that she can buy more ingredients to make her dishes. In particular, she would like to buy rice, palm oil and containers of chicken in bulk.

Aminata is a BRAC Sierra Leone success story as she previously took out and repaid 4 loans. Aminata would like to thank BRAC Sierra Leone and the Kiva community for their support of her business.


This loan is special because:

It provides women with access to funding in areas where there are limited alternative source of finance.



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