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Meet 42-year-old Mariama from the Lunsar Northern area in Sierra Leone.

She is married with four children between the ages of seven years and 22 years. Three of her children are currently attending school.

In 2009, Mariama established her bar and restaurant business. She began her business because she needed to create income to improve her standard of living. She works at the business seven days per week and for 15 hours per day. She says that the main challenge to her business is transportation.

Mariama requires a loan in order to buy greater variety of soft drinks, start beer, stout, and snacks. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to take good care of her family.

In the future, Mariama plans to build a permanent residence for her family. She thanks you for your support.

Additional Information

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
  • 43
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,327.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $325 helped Marima to buy greater variety of soft drinks, start beer, stout, and snacks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 28, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014