A loan of $700 helped to purchase fabric and dye for her business.


Lauratu's story

Lauratu is 38 years old, married to a trader, and has four children. In 1999, Lauratu established her "gara" (locally dyed) textiles business. She began this business because she wanted to be self-employed and believed that she could earn enough income to help her husband provide a livelihood for their family. Working six days a week and 10 hours a day, Lauratu earns about 900,000 SLL a month. She makes good quality "gara" clothing and does her business by public transport twice in a month. Lauratu is requesting a loan for 3,000,000 SLL, which she will use to buy "brilliant" fabric and quality dye. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately 300,000 SLL. Lauratu used the proceeds of her last loan to provide a livelihood for her family and pay school fees for her children. She was not able to start the house construction because she did not make enough profit to do so. She still plans to construct a house, open a saving account, pay her way for a pilgrimage to Mecca (Holy Land), and support her children's education. Lauratu is very determined and hopes to continue working hard to pay off her loans so that she can access more loans.



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