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Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 37-year-old Zainab from Grassfield in the eastern area of Freetown. She is married with two children between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. Her children attend school. Her husband works in security but his income is not enough to support the home. She began this business because she wants to generate income to support her family. She was a student at a vocational training school doing Gara dyeing.

Zainab runs a provision shop where she sells sugar, bread, cheese, custard, milk, and Quaker oats. She has been running this business for seven years. She works at the business seven days per week. Her business is the only source of income she has. Her major problem is transportation costs from town to her business place.

Zainab has requested a loan in order to buy similar items in her shop such as sugar, bread, cheese, custard, milk, and Quaker oats. The extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children and start up a savings account. In the future, she plans to open another shop. 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
  • 13
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,574,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,320.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Zainab to buy items such as sugar, bread, cheese, custard, milk, and Quaker oats.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 15, 2012
Jul 6, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2013