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Meet 24-year-old Elizabeth from Waterloo eastern area in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is married and a mother with one child aged 4 years old. She has two additional dependents at home. In 2007, Elizabeth established her general merchandise business at Waterloo market. She began her business because her parents forced her to marriage at an early age without her completing her secondary school education. She works at the business 11 hours a day and 7 days per week. She says that the main challenge to her business is transporting the goods from the purchasing place to her store.

Elizabeth requires a loan in order to buy different kinds of general stock items like rice, salt and oil. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to give her child a quality education and improve her standard of living. In the future, Elizabeth plans to have her own transport facility for her business and open another store. She thanks you for your support.

The woman featured in the video is the credit officer for Elizabeth's loan.

Additional Information

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
  • 38
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,980,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,347.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Elizabeth to buy different kinds of general stock items like rice, salt and oil.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 17, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013