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Rec Kossoh Towm Group
In this Group: Nat, Sia, Clara, Idrissa, Amidu *, Cecilia, Mrs. Jeitta, Mrs Caroline A., Kashopeh, Franklyn Mohamed
* not pictured
Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva.org in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is pleased to present to you teachers of the REC Kossoh Town School, in Waterloo, a small town, where “Shine on Sierra Leone” has partnered with SMT to start a branch. This school was founded in 1964. The school is staffed with eleven teachers and has 287 pupils.

These hard-working and dedicated teachers have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, to seek a loan of SLL 7,500,000. With the help of this loan, these teachers can embark on some meaningful project that their mere salaries alone can not do. Some of them will use the loan to buy pieces of furniture, others to buy house-building materials; some will buy a piece of land or pay school fees for their children, while others will invest the loan in business.

Nat J. is the leader of this group of teachers. Born in Kossoh Town, near Waterloo, Nat is married to a clerk and the couple has seven children who are attending secondary school. Nat has served in the teaching profession for thirty-eight years now. Nat will use part of his share of this loan to renovate his house and use the rest to buy seeds to plant in his farm.

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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Sierra Leone

  • $903
    Average annual income
  • 12
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $8,963,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,125.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD