A loan of $1,175 helped to buy more cooking seasonings like Maggi as well as onions, tomato paste and salt.


Binta's story

This is 34-year-old Binta from Waterloo eastern area in Freetown. She is widowed and has two children, age 7 years and 12 years. Her children are currently attending school. As a widow, to educate children in Sierra Leone is very difficult. Binta runs a general merchandise store. She sells Maggi (a product for enhancing flavors), onions, tomato paste and salt. She has been running this business for 15 years. She works at the business from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., seven days per week. She also earns income from small-scale farming. She says that the main challenges to her business are slow sales during rainy season and transportation costs. Binta has requested a loan in order to buy more cooking seasonings like Maggi, onions, tomato paste and salt. The extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her business and educate her children. In the future, she plans to become a supplier. She appreciates your support.



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