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Meet 32-year-old Zainab from Waterloo in the eastern part of Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is married with three children between the ages of seven and 15 years old. Her children are currently attending school. In 2000, Zainab established her general merchandise business. She began her business because she came from a very poor home and it was hard to take care of her family and relatives. She works at the business from 7:00 am until 7:30 pm seven days per week. She says that the main challenge to her business is that during the rainy season purchasing power is slow.

Zainab requires a loan in order to buy more drinks containers, washing boards and dishes. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to improve her standard of living and educate her children. In the future, Zainab plans to expand her business and build a house. 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
  • 41
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,360.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $925 helped Zainaba to buy more drinks containers, washing boards and dishes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 17, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2013