Sponsor Microfinance: Empower Small Businesses

by Develop Africa, Inc.
$8,192 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
This project will help break the cycle of poverty and boost economic development by providing women with business management training and financial assistance to start and grow their small businesses.


According to the United Nations 2007-2008 Human Development report, Sierra Leone ranks as # 177 (last place) in Human Development Index. The UN estimates unemployment to be about 65 percent in Sierra Leone. Tens of thousands of youths and adults struggle to find a meaningful existence and are living below the poverty line. They are exposed to the temptations of resorting to a lifestyle of vices and destructive occupations. They desperately need help and a viable path to self-sufficiency.


This project provides foundational training in business management and entrepreneurship, and business capital to selected women participants to enable them to start or expand their businesses, become self-reliant and also employ others.

Long-Term Impact

The project will enable individuals and small businesses to move from barely making enough to meet their basic needs (living from hand to mouth) to a point where they will expand, provide employment, and contribute to national development.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


SIERRA LEONE: "An idle mind is a devil's workshop"
UN Human Development Report - Sierra Leone
UN Country Information - Sierra Leone
Wikipedia - Microfinance

Organization Information

Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http://www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
Johnson City, Tennessee United States