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Fight Against Shame Group
In this Group: Kadiatu, Haja , Mariatu, Isatu, Zainab
Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you members of the “Fight Against Shame” group. These are small scale entrepreneurs who have come to SMT/Kiva lenders for a loan of 600,000 Sierra Leonean leones (SLL) each to invest in their respective businesses.

Kadiatu is the leader of this group. She is fifty years old and married with four children – three who are no longer attending school and one who is in college. Kadiatu sells market food such as tomatoes, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), onions, pepper, salt, flour, beans and oil. She has been a businesswoman for the past eighteen years. With the help of this loan, Kadiatu will invest in her business by buying food in bulk to expand her business.

(Also included in the left of the photo is loan officer Rosaline handing over the loan to the borrowers).

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
  • 4,310.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Fight Against Shame Group's $700 loan helped a member to buy tomatoes, margi, onions, pepper, salt, flour, beans, oil and other foods in bulk to expand her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 10, 2012
May 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 18, 2013