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Meet 40-year-old Karimu from Waterloo in the eastern area of Freetown in Sierra Leone. He is married with 2 children, age 12 and 16. Karimu's children are currently attending school.

In 2007, Karimu established his local foodstuff business. He began his business because he grew up in a village where there was no school and no medical center, and he needed to generate income to support his family. He works at his business from 7:30am until 6:00pm, 7 days per week. He says that the main challenges to his business are insufficient capital to operate the business and the high cost of transportation.

Karim requires a loan in order to buy more foodstuff, such as bulgur, green beans, cassava and palm oil. He hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow him to educate his children. In the future, he plans to build more shops and expand his business. He thanks you for your support.

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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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 48
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,977,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,310.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Karimu to buy more foodstuff, such as bulgur, green beans, cassava and palm oil.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 23, 2012
Apr 9, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2013