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Massorie Progressive Union Group
In this Group: Umu S., Adama, Fatu, Brima, Fatmata
Umu S. K. (pictured in the middle) is the leader of this group of entrepreneurs. Umu was born in Masorie village, which is about 32 miles from Makeni, in northern Sierra Leone. She is approximately 37 years old. Umu is married to a farmer and the couple has five children, two of whom are in primary school and two in secondary school. For many years now, Umu has been selling palm oil (the most popular cooking oil), rice and pepper. This is not the first loan that Umu and her group members have accessed from SMT/Kiva lenders. With the help of previous SMT/Kiva loans, they were able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions. With the help of this loan, Umu will use her share (SLL 1,000,000) to expand her business. She will buy palm oil, rice and pepper at wholesale to add to her current stock.

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
  • 62
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,347,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,910.1
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD