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Camera Group
In this Group: Ya Rugie, Aminata, Safiatu, Mohamed , Isatu
Ya Rugie K. who is pictured second from right is the leader of this group called “Camera group”. The 42-year-old woman lives in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone, with her husband and two children. One of her children is in secondary school and the other is not of school going age. Ya Rugie has been a businesswoman for 11 years now. She sells bananas, cassavas, pepper, salt, etc.

Ya Rugie has requested a loan of SLL 500,000 from Kiva field partner SMT in order to expand her business by buying the above-mentioned items at wholesale to add to her stock. This is the first loan members of the “Camera group” have requested from SMT/Kiva lenders.

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
  • 23
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $8,963,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,845.5
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD