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Tam-Tamnesu Group
In this Group: Mariama , Mamusu , Fatmata , Menunatu , Fatu
Mariama (who is pictured second from left) is the featured leader of this group of entrepreneurs. Mariama, age 36, is married to a businessman and the couple has four children – one in primary school and three in secondary schools. Mariama has been a businesswoman for many years now. She sells market food – palm oil (the most popular cooking oil), margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), pepper, salt, etc. This is the first loan that Mariama and her group members have applied for from SMT/Kiva lenders. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions. Mariama will use her share of the loan to expand her business.

(Also including in the left of the photo is loan officer Joseph, handing over the loan to the borrowers).

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
  • 4,318.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Tam-Tamnesu Group's $600 loan helped a member to buy palm oil, margi, pepper, salt and other goods in wholesale to add to her current stock.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 21, 2013
Listed
Jan 31, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 22, 2013