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This is 27-year-old Darlinda. She is married to a welder and has three children aged 1, 7 and 10 years. She has two additional dependents, who live with her because she helps to them with their education.

In 2009, Darlinda established her clothing and plastic slippers business. She began her business because she had dropped out of school. She joined her mother in business until she was able to start her own business. She makes good profit and she is glad to be a self-employed woman.

Working 7 days a week and 11 hours a day, she earns about Le1,300,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. Darlinda requires a loan in order to buy wax cotton - 2 bales @ Le2,000,000 and 5 bundles of plastic slippers @ Le200,000 for her business. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately Le 250,000.

In the future, Darlinda plans to build her own house, become an international businesswoman and support her children through their education. Darlinda always travels to Guinea Conakry to get her goods twice a month. She thanks you for your support.

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The Association for Rural Development (ARD) is one of the leading microfinance institutions in Sierra Leone. Established in 1989, ARD has offered individual and group loans to support small-scale businesses across the country for two decades. You can learn more about ARD on its partner profile page, support the organization and its staff by joining the ARD lending team, or lend to another one of its borrowers currently raising funds on Kiva.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 46
    View loans »
    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,977,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,355.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Darlinda to pay for wax cotton - 2 bales @ Le2,000,000 and 5 bundles of plastic slippers @ Le200,000.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 5, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 16, 2012