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Go Try Group
In this Group: M'balu , Mohamed M., Kelly
Pictured here are members of the “Go Try” group from the small-town of Waterloo, near Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city. Members of this group are all local entrepreneurs in Waterloo, where “Shine on Sierra Leone” partnered with SMT to start a branch. They are seeking for a loan SLL 3,000,000 from Kiva lenders in order to invest in their businesses.

M’balu K., 41, pictured in the middle, is the leader of the group. M’balu was born in a place call Masimgbi. She is married to a businessman and they have five children. M’balu has been a businesswoman for more than five years now. She owns a small kiosk where she sells provisions: milk, Ovaltine, sugar, butter, rum, canned drinks, etc. With this loan, M’balu will buy these items wholesale to add to her 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
  • 0
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $8,868,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,856.6
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD