A loan of $300 helped to buy onions, palm oil, rice, sugar, gari, fish and other ingredients to sell to her customers.


Salamatu's story

Greetings from Waterloo1, a community near the small and busy Western area in Freetown.
This is 40 years old Salamatu a married mother and business woman. Salamatu has 5 children.
Salamatu sells retails business onions, palm oil, rice, sugar, gari, fish and other at a busy road where many people stop to take transport to other towns and cities. Salamatu has a table at a busy market place from which she sells onions, palm oil, rice, sugar, gari, fish and other ingredients. These are bought by her customers to make local spicy stews (such as “green”, “cassava leaf”, “groundnut soup”, “pepper soup” etc) for their families. Salamatu has been a trader since 2015. Salamatu is desire to empower her life. Salamatu works 6 days a week and 10 hours per day. This is her only source of income she has, and is proud of her young business. She likes the fact that she continues to have new customers and has kept the old ones.
Salamatu wants to use this loan to buy onions, palm oil, rice, sugar, gari, fish and other ingredients to sell to her customers. Salamatu would like to open a big shop. She really wants to improve her life and is grateful to BRAC Sierra Leone and the Kiva community for their financial support


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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