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This is 33-year-old Zainab. She is married to a driver and has 2 children aged 6 years and 8 months old. She has no additional dependents.

In 2001, Zainab established her Maggi (a product for enhancing the flavour of soups and stews), rood season, and cooking oil business. She began her business because her husband, who was supporting the home strongly, was relieved of his job. She was so dependent on him for survival as she didn't learn a trade, so as a result, she went to her elder brother who advised her to go in to business. Her brother gave her some capital to start the business so that she can also be supportive of her husband. Since then, she worked hard to improve on her capital up to this time. Working 6 days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about Le 1,000,000 every month from this business.

She would like a loan in the amount of Le 3,000,000. Zainab requested for a loan in order to buy cooking oil and Maggi. In the future, Zainab plans to rent a big shop after making big capital so that she fully support her husband in taking care of the home. 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
  • 35
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,980,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,325.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Zainab to buy cooking oil and Maggi.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2012