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This is 46-year-old Aminata. She is married and has 4 children, ages 17, 13, 10 and 9 years old. She has one additional dependent who lives with her because he needs assistance.

In 1996, Aminata established her plastic shoes business. She began her business because she had not had the privilege of attending school and had assisted her mother in selling cakes. She married a businessman who gave her money to start a business. Aminata works 7 days a week and 11 hours each day; she earns about Le 1,700,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. Aminata requests a loan in order to buy 20 dozen plastic shoes for women at a cost of Le 165,000 per dozen and 12 bundles of comfort slippers at a cost of Le 135,000 per dozen. The remaining Le 80,000 will be used to pay the transportation cost.

In the future, Aminata plans to acquire a shop, build a house and expand her business. The loan will help her to increase stock and create room for development. Transportation costs are sometimes high. She is a hardworking and determined businesswoman. She will continue to take loans from ARD until she achieves all her goals. She thanks you for your support.

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About the Association for Rural Development

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
  • 41
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,978,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,310.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Aminata to buy 20 dozen plastic shoes for women @ Le 165,000 per dozen and 12 bundles of comfort slippers @ Le135,000 per budle. The Le 80,000 balance will be used to pay the transportation cost.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2012