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Zainab Y.'s Group
In this Group: Zainab Y., Sorie , Lansana Alie, Mohamed , Ferenkeh , Ballay , Musa , Mohamed , Jacob , Mohamed Sheik
Pictured here are teachers from one of the primary schools in Kabala, a town in northern Sierra Leone. This group of teachers have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, to apply for a loan of 13,800,000 Leones for the entire team. With the help of this loan, they will be empowered to meet their immediate financial needs and at the end of each month, they can easily repay the loan using their monthly salaries. Their school’s bursar is directly responsible for doing the deductions and making the repayments on their behalf.

Lansana is the leader and featured member of this group. He is a native of Faama village in eastern Sierra Leone. He is married to a teacher and the couple have 7 children: 3 in primary school, 1 in secondary school, and 3 in college. Fifty-six year old Lansana has been a professional teacher for 32 years now. He has requested this loan in order to buy building materials like iron, corrugated zinc, sand, cement, rods, etc. so he can build a house.

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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 13
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,338.6
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD