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This is 30-year-old Mariama, a married mother of a three-year-old. In 2005, Mariama established her retail business to assist her husband in the running of the home. Located in the outskirts of the city, her enterprise is open 7 days a week and 15 hours a day. Her customers are mainly women.

Mariama is requesting a loan of Le 3000000 to purchase used bags by the bale for resale. She hopes that the profits arising from this loan will enable her to build a house with her husband and educate her children to university level. 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
  • 4,319.7
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Mariama to pay for more bales of used bags.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 15, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 22, 2014