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Gara United Group
In this Group: Mohamed , Aminata
This is Mohamed T. and Aminata J.. They named their group Gara United. They are local entrepreneurs in Magburaka town. Mohamed sells “gara lapper” materials – white cotton cloth, inks, soda, powder, etc. “Gara lapper” is the term used for locally dyed cloth. Aminata sells market food. This is not the first loan that these entrepreneurs have received from Kiva through SMT. Previous loans have had a lot of meaningful impacts on the lives of these borrowers. Previous loans have enabled their businesses to grow and have improved their standard of living.

Mohamed T. (left) is the leader. He was born in Magburaka. He is 36, married to a businesswoman, and the couple has two children. One child is in primary school and the other is still quite young. Mohamed has more than fifteen years of experience in business. With this loan, he will buy a bale of white cotton and inks.

Additional Information

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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 32
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,125.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD