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This is 36-year-old Mariatu. She is married and has 3 children aged 19, 17 and 4 years old. She has 1 additional dependent who lives with her because of schooling. In 1997, Mariatu established her clothing, cell phone, and slipper business. She began her business because she wanted to generate income. Working 7 days a week and 13 hours a day, she earns about Le 600,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 5,000,000. Mariatu requires a loan in order to increase her stock of slippers and clothing to meet the demand of her customers. In the future, Mariatu plans to build a house and educate her children. She thanks you for your support.

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About the Association for Rural Development

The Association for Rural Development (ARD) is one of the leading microfinance institutions in Sierra Leone. Established in 1989, ARD has offered individual and group loans to support small-scale businesses across the country for two decades. You can learn more about ARD on its partner profile page, support the organization and its staff by joining the ARD lending team, or lend to another one of its borrowers currently raising funds on Kiva.

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
  • 4,347.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Mariatu to buy more slippers and clothing to sell to her customers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 3, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013