A loan of $1,400 helped to buy assorted bags by the bale.

Hawa's story

In 2005, Hawa established her school and ladies’ bags business. She began her business just after her father died, as there was no other means for her to get money to solve some of her problems. As a mature lady at that time, she decided to engage herself by assisting her friends in doing business until she got her own capital to start her own business. Working six days a week and 11 hours a day, she earns about 1,700,000 Le (Sierra Leone leones) every month from this business. Hawa would like a loan in the amount of 6,000,000 Le. She requires a loan in order to buy assorted bags by the bale.

Her previous plan was to rent a shop. She also wants to accommodate more customers, though that was not achieved as a result of the exorbitant amount been asked for rent, but she still hopes to find a more reasonable amount to be paid for a shop rental.

She is still pursuing a shop for rental as part of her plans, and also wants to locate another market area for her younger sister to sell. As a result of her being an agent, her profit margin increased and living conditions improved.

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