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Kamuyu Group
In this Group: Memuna, Kadiatu, Mohamed, Ramatu, Hawanatu
Memuna F. (left) is the leader of this group of entrepreneurs. Memuna was born in Makeni city, about 42 years ago. She is married to a businessman and the couple have five children – one in secondary school, two in primary school and two already grown-up and living on their own. For over 20 years now, Memuna has been selling fish.

This is first loan that Memuna and her group members have applied for from SMT/Kiva lenders. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions. Memuna will use her share of the loan (SLL 500,000) to expand her business; she will buy a basket full of fish to add to her current stock of fish.

(In the photo is also loan officer Zainab Bangura, handing over the loan to the group.)

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
  • 5
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,925.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD