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Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 39-year-old Mariama from Southern area in Bo. She is married with four children between the ages of 14 years and 20 years. Two of her children attend school. She began her business after the war because she had no money and needed a way to feed her children.

Mariama runs a cookery business from her house; she sells local food like beans rice, cassava leaf rice and pure water. She has been running this business for nine years. She works at the business every day. She starts preparing the food at 4:30am and doesn't rest until the food is finished. Her other source of income comes from the sales of palm oil. At present she is faced with a problem of insufficient capital to run her business.

Mariama has requested a loan in order to buy more cooking items such as bags of rice, Maggie, salt and vegetable oil. The extra income from this loan will allow her to expand her cookery business. In the future, she plans to open a restaurant. 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
  • 46
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,300.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Mariama to buy more cooking items such as bags of rice, Maggie, salt and vegetables.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 23, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2013