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Meet 35-year-old Rugiatu from Kandeh town Bo in Sierra Leone. She is a single parent with two children between the ages of 9 and 18 years. Her children are currently attending school. In 1999, Rugiatu established her clothing business. She began her business because she did not go to school; her mother trained her in business. Rugiatu works at her business seven days per week and 9 hours per day. She says despite the challenges of single parent life and insufficient capital to expand her business, she is very hard working and intends to give her children a quality education.

Rugiatu requires a loan in order to buy different kinds of clothing material like shoes, crepe and men's T-shirts for resale. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her business and improve her and her children's lives. In the future, Rugiatu plans to build a big residential house. She thanks you for your support.

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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
  • 45
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,977,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,320.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Rugiatu to buy different kinds of clothing material like shoes, crepe, and men's T-shirts for resell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2013