This is 39 year-old Ashiatu. She is married and has 4 children, aged 15, 12, 8, and 5 years. She has 1 additional dependent, who lives with her because he is her relative attending school in the city. In 2010, Ashiatu established her plastic shoes business. She began her business because she wants to be self-reliant and to be recognized in the community. Working 7 days a week and 9 hours a day, she earns about Le 950,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. Ashiatu has already received and successfully repaid two loans, and now requires a new loan in order to buy rubber sandals, foam slippers, and two slim slippers. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately Le 250,000. In the future, Ashiatu plans to have a bigger business, to educate her children, and to build a house. She thanks you for your support.
About the Association for 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.