Mariatou

  • Project: Sierra Leone
  • Location: Sierra Leone
  • Microfinance Organization: BRAC
  • We partnered with BRAC in the Kenema region of Sierra Leone where Whole Foods Market sources cacao to reach 5,592 new microentrepreneurs.

More About Mariatou

Mariatou is currently on her first microloan with WPF microfinance partner BRAC in Sierra Leone. She uses this 40-week loan of 600,000 Leones (about $79.47) to sell used shoes. Every month she goes to Freetown to buy bags of used shoes, which are sealed, so she doesn’t know what or how many shoes are inside. One bag costs 300,000 Leones ($39.74), and holds about 50-60 pairs of shoes, which she can sell in about one week. Her average profit in a week is 200,000 Leones ($26.49). She hopes to one day buy used shoes in bulk to supply other sellers in Kenema. Photo: WPF’s Zoe So


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