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Greetings from Sierra Leone!

This is 39-year-old Mariama from Krootown in the central area of Freetown. She is married and has one child who is three years old. Her husband works at a non-governmental organization (NGO).

Mariama runs a general store business, selling merchandise like assorted drinks, snack foods, mayonnaise, butter, hair products and other groceries. She has been running this business for five years. She works at her business six days per week. Her other source of income comes from her husband. She describes her biggest business challenge as insufficient funds to improve her retail grocery store.

Mariama has requested a loan of 6,000,000 SLL in order to buy more items to stock and sell in her general store. The extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her savings and educate her child. In the future, she plans to expand her business and become a wholesaler.

She thanks you for your support!

Additional Information

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
  • 46
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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 $1,400 helped Mariama to buy more items to stock and sell in her general store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013