This is 47 year-old Ibrahim. He is married to a nursing aid worker, and has 5 children aged 2, 7, 10, 15 and 18. In 2001, Ibrahim established his business selling provisions such as mayonnaise, milk, sardines, margarine, black mint etc. He serves people around the city and in the surrounding villages. He began his business because needed a reliable source of income to support his family. Working 7 days a week and 11 hours a day, he earns about Le 1,000,000 each month.
Ibrahim would like a loan of Le 3,000,000 in order to buy more mayonnaise, milk, sardines, margarine and black mint to sell. He hopes that this loan will enable him to increase his monthly profits by approximately Le 300,000. In the future, he plans to open a bigger shop. By accessing more loans, he will be able to buy more stock and help his young children with their education. The rainy season and rise in transport costs are his biggest challenges. Competition is high but he treats his customers well, and so his business is popular. He thanks you for your support.
About the Association or Rural Development
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.