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Tawopaneh Group
In this Group: Ibrahim , Hawa , Sarah A., Isatu , Sallay
Pictured here is the “Tawopaneh” group from Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a Kiva partner, to apply for a loan of SLL 500,000 for each. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales, and consequently improve their living conditions.

Ibrahim, age 35, is the leader of this group. His wife works as a trader of goods, and they have three children, all of whom are attending primary schools. Ibrahim bakes and sells bread to earn an income, and he has been engaged in his business for 15 years now. With his share of this loan, he is going to buy bread-baking materials like flour, yeast, and sugar in large quantities in order to be able to bake greater quantities of breads to offer for sale.

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
  • 52
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,342,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,339.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD