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This is 40-year-old Yatta. She is married and has four children, ages 21, 16, 10 and 4 years old. She has one additional dependent who lives with her for schooling. In 2008, Yatta established her textile and jewelry sales business. She began her business just to enable her take care of her home in the absence of her husband, and that is her only source of livelihood. Working six days a week and ten hours a day, she earns about Le 900,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 3,000,000. Yatta requires a loan in order to buy necklaces, watches, earrings and shoes. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately Le 200,000. In the future, Yatta plans to transform her table into a shop, to own a house and to send her children to a post-secondary school. 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
  • 40
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,310.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Yatta to buy necklaces, watches, earrings and shoes for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 4, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2012