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This is 32-year-old Mariatu. She is married and has three children aged three, seven and twelve; two are attending school. In 2005, Mariatu established her ladies' dresses business. She began her business because she wanted to help her husband with running the affairs of the home.. Her business is located in the city center and her main customers are ladies.

Working 7 days a week and 12 hours a day, she earns about Le 1,128,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 3,000,000. Mariatu requires a loan in order to buy additional blouses, trousers and slippers. She hopes that this loan will increase her stock. In the future, Mariatu plans to move from a makeshift stall to a big shop. 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
  • 45
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,082,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,339.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Mariatu to pay for blouses, trousers, and slippers to re-sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 18, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2013