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Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 26-year-old Isata from Kulanda town in the southern area of Sierra Leone. She is married with two children, ages five and seven years. One of her children attends school. Isata began her business, because she did not go to school, so her parents taught her about business.

Isata runs a local food stand in a busy market area. She sells Maggie cubes, onions, tomato paste and oil. She has been running this business for ten years. She works at the business from 7:00 am until 7:30 pm, seven days per week. Her business is the only source of income she has. At present, she faces two challenges during the rainy season: low purchasing power and the business becoming wet and spoilt.

Isata has requested a loan in order to buy more cooking seasonings such as Maggie cubes, onions, tomato paste and oil. The extra income from this loan will allow her to renovate the roof of her house. In the future, she wants to expand her business with a huge amount of product so that she would be able to take care of her family. She 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
  • 14
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,542,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,320.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $175 helped Isata to buy more cooking seasonings such as Maggie cubes, onions, tomato paste and oil.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 19, 2012
Jul 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2013