Khadiatu is 27 years old and married with one child, age seven. She runs a boutique in Grassfield, a neighborhood in Freetown. She also has three relatives she takes care of as well as her immediate one.
Khadiatu has owned this business for five years and sells ladieswear, bags, menswear and bamako material at her boutique. She also earns income from renting out a house. She says that the main challenges to her business are inflation in the dollar rate and customs difficulties.
She has requested this loan through BRAC Sierra Leone to purchase more boutique items, such as ladieswear, bags and menswear. Khadiatu says that the extra income from this loan will help her increase her savings. In the future, she would like to expand her business to the provinces.
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.