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Fatmata Sankoh Group
In this Group: Fatmata, Ibrahim, Memunatu, Lamrana
Pictured here are Fatmata S., Ibrahim B., Memunatu K. and Lamrana S.. They named their group Fatmata S. group, after the group’s leader. These women are local entrepreneurs based in Makeni city, located in northern Sierra Leone. With this loan, these entrepreneurs hope to be able to expand their businesses, make better profits and improve their current standard of living.

Fatmata, the leader of this group, was born in Magburaka, located about 22 miles from Makeni. She is married to a farmer and together have six children. Of her children, several attend primary school and the remaining attend secondary school. Fatmata owns a shop in Makeni where she sells rice, provisions, biscuits, mints, cigarettes, drinks, water, etc. Fatmata has been a businesswoman for seven years now.

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
  • 16
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,044.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Fatmata Sankoh Group's $1,600 loan helped a member to further invest in her business selling rice, provisions, biscuits, mints, cigarettes, drinks and water in order to improve her family's standard of living.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2010