This is 35-year-old Mamie from Torkpoi town Southern area in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is married with two children between the ages of 13 and 17. She has five relatives at home and also seven students who are currently attending school, as well as her immediate family.
Mamie runs a food stand. She sells rice, palm oil, Maggi (seasoning for soups and stews), onions and oil. She has been running this business for 12 years. She works at the business every day, 13 hours a day. Her business is the only source of income she has. She says that the main challenges to her business are transportation costs and the scarcity of palm oil.
Mamie has requested a loan in order to buy more rice, palm oil, Maggi, onions and oil. The extra income from this loan will allow her to educate her children and improve her standard of living. In the future, she hopes to see her business grow. She appreciates your support.
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.