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Isatu B.'s Group
In this Group: Isatu B., Aminata , Allieu , Bassie , Mohamed K., Alimamy , Princess H. , Ibrahim S., Augustine
Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva.org in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you this group of primary school teachers located in Waterloo, a small town near Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city. They have come to SMT to request a loan of SLL 12,900,000 in order to meet their most pressing financial needs. At the end of each month, they can easily repay the loan using their monthly salaries. It is their school’s bursar who is responsible for managing the deductions and making the repayments on their behalf.

Isatu is the featured leader of this group. The 45-year-old is a native of Freetown city. She is married to a teacher and the couple has 4 children – 1 is attending primary school, 2 are in secondary school and 1 is in college. Isatu has been a professional teacher for 17 years now. She has requested this loan in order to pay college/school fees for her children.

(Also attached on the photo are colleagues/borrowers who collected their loan later on)

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

  • $903
    Average annual income
  • 21
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,015,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,261.1
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD