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This is 32 year-old Mariama. She is married and has two children, ages 14 and 11.

In 2002, Mariama established her charcoal business. She began her business because she wanted to be of great help to her husband, and to adequately care for their children.

Her business is located in the city center, and her main customers are business people in food and catering, and households using charcoal. Her business is open 7 days a week and 12 hours a day. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 5000000. Mariama would use the loan to buy large quantities of charcoal, and to do little repairs in her store.

In the future, Mariama plans to buy a big truck to transport the charcoal and do little repairs in her store. She thanks you for your support.

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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
  • 46
    View loans »
    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,320.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Mariama to buy more bags of charcoal to resell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 7, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013