This is 30-year-old Mariama from Waterloo eastern area in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is married with three children between the ages of 2 and 22 years old.
Mariama established her business because she wants to improve the community health centre. Mariama runs a pharmacy at her store. She sells oral rehydration salt (ORS), glucose, blood syrup, cool syrup, and malaria drugs. She has been running this business for 10 years. She works at the business from 7 am until 9 pm, 7 days per week. Her business is the main source of income she has. She says that the main challenge to her business is drugs that expire before they are sold.
Mariama has requested a loan in order to buy more medicines such as oral rehydration salt (ORS), glucose, malarial drugs, blood syrup and cool syrup. The extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children. In the future, she plans to build a medical store and train people within the same community. She appreciates your support.
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.