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Meet 47-year-old Mariama from Torkpoi town in Bo. She is married with five children between the ages of 8 and 27 years. Three of her children are currently attending school. In 1989, Mariama established her palm oil business. She began her business because she needed a source of income to support herself. She works at the business eight hours a day and six days per week. She says that the main challenge to her business is the poor road network within her area of operation.

Mariama requires a loan in order to buy local foodstuffs like gari and palm oil. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to have a permanent business location and improve her family's welfare. In the future, Mariama plans to open a palm oil store. 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
  • 47
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,320.5
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Mariama to buy local foodstuffs like gari and palm oil.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2013