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God Gee Women-Ii Group
In this Group: Sia M. , Kadiatu , Finda , Sia , Mariama
Mariama is the leader of this group of entrepreneurs. She was born in Gbense village 40 years ago. She is married to a diamond miner and farmer with whom she has 6 children, 2 in primary school and 4 in secondary school. For 3 years now, Mariama has been selling cloths – cotton cloths, wax cloths, lace cloths, etc.

This is the first loan that Mariama and her group members have applied for from SMT and Kiva lenders. (Their loan officer, Edward, is also included in the photo, handing them the loan). With the help of this loan, the members will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales, and consequently improve their living conditions. Mariama will use her share of the loan--500,000 Sierra Leonean leones (SLL)--to expand her business. She will buy a wide variety of cloths in large quantities to add to her current stock.

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
  • 51
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,344,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,300.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of God Gee Women-Ii Group's $600 loan helped a member to buy a wide variety of cloths in large quantities to add to her current stock.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 23, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 18, 2013