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This is 27-year-old Mariama from Calabatown, in the eastern area in Freetown. She is married with two children between the ages of two and five. Mariama also has one additional dependent living with her at home. For the past 12 years, she has been running a general store where she sells onions, tomatoes, milk, sugar, and Ovaltine. Mariama started her business to generate more income to send her child to school. She works seven days a week, 10 hours a day. This is her only source of income and her major business challenge is price inflation.

Mariama is requesting a loan to buy more onions, tomato paste, milk, sugar, and Ovaltine. The extra income from her loan will allow her to pay her monthly installment and educate her children. In the future, Mariama plans to open another branch in town. She appreciates 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
  • 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 $950 helped Mariama to buy onions, tomato paste, sugar, and Ovaltine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 19, 2012
May 8, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013