Voice Of Women Group
Adama F. in the middle is the leader of this group. Adama is now age forty-seven. She was born in Makeni and is a widow with six children. Two of her children are already adults, three are in secondary school, and one is in class six.
Adama sells market foods such as Maggi (used to give sauce a good flavor), salt, onions, tomatoes etc. wholesale. With her share of the loan, she will add more goods to her business. She will buy more cartons of Maggi, more bags of salt, onions, and tomatoes.
(Attached on the right is the snapshot of a group member who was not present for the group photo).
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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