A loan of $1,200 helped buy caustic soda and other working materials for making soap.


Musu's story

Musa M. was born in Mongoy, Koinadugu district, Northern Sierra Leone. She now lives with her husband and their 5 children in Kabala. Two of her children are in secondary school, two are in primary school, and the last is still young.

Musu has been a soap producer and dealer for the past 10 years. She makes the soap in Kabala and takes it to surrounding villages to sell. Her husband helps her make and sell the soap. She is seeking a loan of Le 3,500,000.00 to invest in her business. She will buy bags of caustic soda, oil, plastic bags, hand gloves, and other working materials. It is particularly on the caustic soda that she will invest this money on. This is because the price for a bag of caustic soda keeps fluctuating. Now that the price is low, she intends to buy as much as 25 bags, which she will keep so that when the price increases, she will not be affected.

Her previous loans with SMT greatly improved her life. She is now able to feed, clothe and educate her children, and she has even been able to buy plots of land in Makeni and Kabala.

Currently, sales are difficult for Musu because of the rains. Farmers--her main customers--do not work at this time, so their clothes stay clean, which makes the demand for soap very low. But with the dry season approaching and this loan in place, she is expecting great sales and more profit. Her immediate goal is to start building a house on the land she bought in Kabala. She has already started buying timbers for that purpose.



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