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Greetings from Sierra Leone! This is 33-year-old Mariama from Waterloo, in the Eastern area in Freetown. She is married with two children between the ages of 7 years and 14 years. Her children are going to school. She attended school up to class six and because of the death of her mother she decided to start a business to support her younger sister and brother.

Mariama runs a general merchandise store. She sells milk, sugar, cigarettes, pure water and drinks. She has been running this business for 15 years. She works at the business seven days, twelve hours per day. Mariama says that the main challenge to her business is that transporting her goods from the city to her business place is very difficult.

Mariama has requested a loan in order to purchase items including milk, sugar, cigarettes, pure water and drinks for resale. The extra income from this loan will allow her to buy a plot of land and renovate her house. In the future, she plans to open a big provision shop. 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
  • 13
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,574,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,337.5
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Mariama to purchase items such as milk, sugar, cigarettes, pure water and drinks to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 16, 2013
Sep 6, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2014