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Meet 30-year-old Santigie from Kulanda Town, in the southern area of Bo, in Sierra Leone. He is divorced with one child who is 13 years old. His child is currently attending school.

In 2005, Santigie established his building materials store. He began his business because he was out of a job and he wanted to raise money to take care of himself and his child. He works at the business seven days each week and 12 hours a day. He says that the main challenges to his business are price inflation and transportation costs from Freetown to Bo.

Santigie requires a loan in order to buy more items for his building supply store, like cement, paint, shovels and tile. He hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow him to educate his child and improve his family's standard of living. In the future, Santigie plans to open a cement factory. He 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
  • 35
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,980,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,350.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Santigie to buy more items for his building supply store, like cement, paint, shovels and tile.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2013