We follow an integrated approach to development across 11 districts of Sierra Leone. We operate 160 adolescent clubs to raise awareness and provide a safe space for girls. We also provide microloans and enterprise loans to women and men to help them engage in income generating activities. They can pay installments using mobile money, which makes the transaction process more convenient. In 2017, we conducted research to better understand our microfinance clients and provide client-specific services to different target groups. Our microfinance programme was recognised by The World Bank’s Global Delivery Initiative, which published a report titled “Financial Inclusion and Resilience: How BRAC’s Microfinance Program Recovered from the West Africa Ebola Crisis”.
The Ebola epidemic in 2015 devastated the country’s economy, including the agriculture sector. Our training to farmers through demonstration farms helps increase their productivity, household income, and improve the nutritional status of their families. We also work to build the capacity of community livestock and poultry promoters.
We take a community-based approach in providing essential healthcare, malaria control, and sexual and reproductive health support that also reaches urban slums. Our health staff and community health workers conduct community health forums and make visits to improve household sensitisation. We continue to support water, sanitation and hygiene activities in response to the government’s post-Ebola recovery plan.
Population: 7 million (World Bank, 2016)
GDP per capita: USD 496 (World Bank, 2016)
People living below poverty: 53% (World Bank, 2011)