Update on FinahThanks to a prior Kiva loan, Finah has experienced a significant growth in the size and quality of her business. She was able to add more stock. which led to an increase in sales and profit. Finah uses the extra profit she makes to pay school fees for her child, feed herself and family, and repay the loan.
Having paid the loan successfully, Finah is requesting a new loan for 5,000,000 Leones, which she will use to further expand her business by buying more cosmetics to add to her current stock.
Previous Loan DetailsFinah is an approximately thirty-four-year-old woman. She was born in Kabala town in northern Sierra Leone where she is living with her husband and child, who is attending primary school. Finah has been a businesswoman for two years now. She sells cosmetics – body lotions, sprays, soaps, etc. She... More from Finah'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.
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