Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 34-year-old Atico from Waterloo eastern area in Freetown. He is married with two children, aged 3 months and 10 years old. One of his children attends school.
Atico runs a general merchandise store; he sells rice, onions, tomatoes and flour. He has been running this business for 12 years. He works at the business every day, 7 days per week. He came from a poor home. His business is the only source of income he has. Atico says that the main challenges to his business are insufficient capital to run his business and transportation problems from town to Waterloo.
Atico has requested a loan in order to buy more foods to sell such as onions, rice, flour and vegetable oil. The extra income from this loan will allow him to educate his child and expand his business. In the future, he plans to become a supplier. He thanks you for your support!
Update from Atico, The woman in the video is the credit officer for Atico's loan.
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.