This is 39-year-old Aminata. She is widowed and has one child, age 6 years, who goes to school. She has one additional dependent who lives with her because she got him during the civil war.
In 1997, Aminata established her business selling shoes, traveling bags, pan sets, flasks, women's dresses, etc. She began her business because she stopped school in class four. Her aunt did not allow her to further her schooling and she was attached to her aunt's shop. When she fully matured, her elder sister sent money from abroad to start her business.
Working six days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about SLL 1,500,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of SLL 3,000,000. Aminata requires a loan in order to purchase plastic shoes - 20 bundles @ SLL 144,000, and pan sets - 1 set @ SLL 70,000. The balance of SLLL 50,000 will be used for transport.
In the future, Aminata plans to complete her house, acquire a shop and educate her child and dependent. The loan will help to increase stock and generate more income.
Inadequate capital is her major challenge. She is hardworking and committed to her business She thanks you for your support.
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