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Meet Salamatu

Salamatu took out a loan to help pay tuition.

Microfinance is a path out of poverty for young women like Salamatu who almost lost her dream for a better life when her father died two years ago. Unable to pay her tuition, Salamatu dropped out of business school. But when a friend told her about Plan’s Youth Savings and Loans group, it wasn’t long before she joined and took out her first two loans: one to buy a bag of rice to open a stall in the local market, and one to pay her school fees.

Today, at 19, Salamatu works during the day and goes to school at night. She is one of more than 3,200 youth participating in Plan’s Youth Savings and Loans program in Sierra Leone, getting the skills and capital needed to become economically active citizens who will help take their country forward.

“I am very happy that I had this opportunity,” Salamatu tells us. “My dream is to be a business woman.”

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