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Just Try Group
In this Group: Musu, Fatmata, Mariatu, Hawanatu, Aminata
In the photo are members of the “Just Try” group. They are small businesswomen based in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. This is the first loan these entrepreneurs are accessing from SMT/Kiva lenders. With this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more profit and consequently improve their standard of living.

The leader of this group is Musu Tailor, who is pictured in the back row on the left. Musu is thirty-two-years old. She was born in Solima, in southern Sierra Leone. Musu is currently residing in Makeni with her husband and three children.

For fifteen years, Musu has been selling palm oil, rice, cigarette, matches, mints, biscuits, etc. With her share of this loan, she will buy the above mentioned items at wholesale to add to her inventory.

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
  • 27
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,085,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,175.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Just Try Group's $600 loan helped a member to buy palm oil, rice, cigarette, matches, mints, biscuits, etc. at wholesale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 12, 2011
Listed
Jan 19, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 19, 2011