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Alhamdulilai Group
In this Group: Mariana, Fatmata, Kadiatu, Rugiatu, Fatmata
This is the Alhamdulilai Group: Mariana F., Fatmata F., Kadiatu K., Rugiatu K., and Fatmata T.. The ladies sell food from stalls in their local market, and have such goods as tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers. They are seeking their first loan from Kiva and SMT, and hope that the 2.5 million Sierra Leonean leones will allow them to invest in their businesses and expand their inventory.

Mariana is the group’s leader. She is married to an NGO (non-governmental organization) worker and has four children. With the added income coming in from her business, Mariana will be able to supplement her household’s income and improve their overall standard of living.

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
  • 54
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,327,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,775.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD