Ethleem is 48 years old and married with two children, aged 12 and 23. She runs a stationery store in Aberdeen — a neighborhood in Freetown. She is the bread winner in her family, and also takes care of two relatives and their families. Ethleem has owned this business for 12 years and sells books, pens, paper, photocopying and scanning at her place of business. She also earns income from renting a house to tenants. She says that the main challenge to her business is lack of sufficient capital to expand. She requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone to purchase more text books, desk top computers, and stationery. Ethleem says that the extra income from this loan will help her improve her business and standard of living. In the future, she hopes to open an Internet cafe and extend her business.
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.