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Mansaray Group
In this Group: Aminata , Unisa
This is Aminata M. and Unisa K.. Aminata (on the left) is the leader of this group. Aminata sells market food and has been in this business for 22 years now. She was born in Makeni. She is age 39, married to a diamond miner and they have two children. One of their children is now in Senior Secondary School I (SSS I) and the other is in class six.

This group is called M. Group, named after the group leader. The members are small-scale businesspeople based in Makeni city. Business has been growing at a very slow pace for these entrepreneurs due to lack of sufficient capital. Therefore, they came to SMT/Kiva seeking a loan of Le 500,000 each to help them expand their business.

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

  • $903
    Average annual income
  • 12
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $8,963,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,285.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD