Tawopaneh Ii Group
These entrepreneurs have received several loans from SMT/Kiva. Previous loans have made many meaningful impacts on their lives. Their businesses grew, sales increased, and their standard of living also improved. Having repaid their last loan, they are now requesting a new loan of 800,000 SLL apiece, to further strengthen their individual businesses.
Beatrice (second from left), 42 years old, is the group's leader. She was born in Makeni city, in northern Sierra Leone. She is married to a businessman and they have four children, who are all still in primary and secondary schools.
Beatrice sells a variety of items in the town's main market. She sells provisions, cooking oil, "margi" tomatoes, onions, and so on. With this loan, she will expand her business by buying more goods to add to her current stock. She buys her goods from Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone (372 miles round trip).
About Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT)Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) is Kiva’s oldest field partner in Sierra Leone. SMT began operations in 2002 as a microcredit program of the NGO Child Fund Sierra Leone under a USAID program to assist the reintegration of ex combatants back into their communities. Today, SMT offers group, agricultural, individual and salary loans to micro-entrepreneurs through six branches and one sub-branch in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas. By providing small loans and other financial services, SMT empowers poor clients to generate more income to help their families, improve their wellbeing, and create a more vibrant private small-business sector in Sierra Leone.
This is a Group Loan
In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.
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