The Unity Group
Update on The Unity GroupPictured here are members of the The Unity Group from Koidu, a city in Eastern Sierra Leone. They are petty-businesswomen who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, in order to seek for a loan of 7,000,000 Leones for each in the group. With this loan, they will be able to add more goods to their respective businesses, attract more customers, make more sales and profit and consequently improve on their living conditions.
The leader of this group of entrepreneurs is Issata. Issata was born in Tonkoro, in Eastern Sierra Leone, 34 years ago. She is married and has four children. Her husband is a trader and her children are attending primary and secondary schools respectively. Issata sells cooked rice with delicious sauce. She has been in this business for seven years now. With her share of this loan, she will buy cooking ingredients like rice, palm-oil (the country’s most popular cooking oil), tomatoes, onions, fish, and other items in bulk. This will enable her to cook a larger quantity of rice and sauce and will also enable her stop buying at retail price.
(Also included in the right of the photo is loan officer Edward, posing with the borrowers.)
Previous Loan DetailsIn the photo are members of the “Unity” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Koidu, a city in Eastern 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… More from The Unity 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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