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Meet 40-year-old Mariatu from Waterloo in the eastern part of Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is married with two children who are 15 and 25 years old. One of her children is currently attending school. In 2002, Mariatu established her clothing business. She began her business because she needs to create income to support her child's education. She works at the business from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm, 7 days per week. She says that the main challenge to her business is transportation costs.

Mariatu requires a loan in order to buy more shoe bags and dresses for the festive season. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her business and improve her standard of living. The other woman featured in the video is the SEP Officer of the Waterloo branch. In the future, Mariatu plans to operate a clothing wholesale business. She thanks you for your support.

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
  • 43
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,349.8
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $925 helped Mariatu to buy more shoe bags and dresses for the festive season.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 5, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2014