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Gbla Group
In this Group: Agnes, Isatu, Ramatu , Fatu, Esther
In the photo are the members of the “G.” group. They are women with small-scale businesses based in Magburaka, a town in northern Sierra Leone. These entrepreneurs have applied for a loan of SLL 500,000 each from SMT/Kiva in order to improve their businesses.

The leader of this group is Agnes K. who is thirty-seven and was born in Magburaka. She is married with four children: two in primary school and two in secondary school.

For eight years now, Agnes has made a living through selling ready-to-wear clothes and shoes. She is requesting this loan in order to buy clothes and shoes in large quantity to add to her stock.

Attached to this photo is a snapshot of a borrower who was not able to be present for the group photo.

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
  • 28
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,245,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,900.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD