A loan of $700 helped to buy one bale of brilliant materials to produce different types of 'gara' cloth.

Mariama B.'s story

This is 38-year-old Mariama. She is married to a petty trader, and she has two children, ages 20 and 23 years. She has three additional dependents living with her, because she takes care of them while they attend school in the city.

In 2001, Mariama established her 'gara' clothing (locally dyed clothing) business. She began her business because she wanted to be self-employed in order to have a dependable means of earning income and to help her husband provide livelihood for their children. She made good profits for the upkeep of her family, and that is why she loves this type of business.

Working six days a week and 10 hours a day, she earns about 900,000 SLL every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of 3,000,000 SLL. Mariama requires a loan in order to buy one bale of brilliant materials to produce different types of gara cloth, including clothing, bedding, and curtains. She hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately 300,000 SLL.

Mariama used the proceeds from her last loan to pay school fees for her children and provide livelihood for her family. Mariama has yet to open the big shop she is planning to open.

In the future, Mariama plans to open a big shop and continue to sponsor her children as they go through their education smoothly. Competition is high, but she offers the best and latest fashions, giving her an edge over her competitors. She supplies customers in Freetown and Makeni Town, offering the latest patterns and designs to suit her customers' needs. She thanks you for your support.

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