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Meet 35-year-old Mariatu from Port Loko in the northern area in Sierra Leone. She is married with three children between the ages of 8 years and 15 years. Her children are currently attending school. In 2010, Mariatu established her cookery business. She began her business because she was trained with business and she thinks it is more profitable. She works at the business 12 hours per day and seven days per week. She says that the main challenge to her business is the price inflation of goods.

Mariatu requires a loan in order to purchase more palm oil, rice, cooking seasoning and drinks. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her standard of living and pay her children's school fees. In the future, Mariatu plans to buy a plot of land. 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
  • 14
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,542,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,327.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Mariatu to purchase more palm oil, rice, cooking season and drinks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 30, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014