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Meet 32-year-old Mariama from Masuba northern area in Sierra Leone. She is married with three children.

In 2007, Mariama established her retail business. She is a shopkeeper; she began her business because she was motivated by her colleague to run her personal business. She works at the business 12 hours per day, 6 days per week. She says that the main challenge to her business is a poor road network towards her area of operation.

Mariama requires a loan to purchase cigarettes, drinks and soap to expand her business.

She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to pay her children's school fees and increase her business.

In the future, Mariama plans to expand her business beyond expectations. 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
  • 29
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,574,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,349.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Mariama to purchase cigarettes, drinks and soap to expand her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014