Update on Courage GroupThanks to the loan you gave to members of the "Courage" group; their businesses and personal lives have improved tremendously as a result of the continued support they have received from you. With your previous loan, their business inventories increased, which led to an increase in sales and profit for these borrowers. Having repaid the previous loan successfully, they are again requesting a new loan of 1,500,000 for each to further improve on their businesses. Mohamed is the current leader of the group. He is 32 years of age. A native of Makeni, he is married and has two children who are attending primary schools. Mohamed sells used clothes and has been in this business for many years now. He has requested this loan to buy bales of used clothes to add to his current stock. Used clothes are very popular among Sierra Leoneans. Since the majority cannot buy ready-to-wear-clothes, they rely on cheap imported second-hand clothes for their clothing needs.
Previous Loan DetailsMeet Kadiatu K., Abdul K., Fatmata K., Koloneh S., and Mohamed S., the members of the Courage Group. They are seeking a loan of , for 6 million LE. This will be their fifth loan as a client group of SMT. Kadiatu is the group leader. She is 30 years and and married, and she has two children who… More from Courage Group's previous loan »
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.
Concurrent and Successive Loans
Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.
This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.
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.
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