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Gbotema Business Women Group
In this Group: Messie , Abie , Isata , Tenneh , Aminata
Messie is the featured leader of this group of entrepreneurs. She was born in Kenema, a city in eastern Sierra Leone, 40 years ago. She is married to a businessman and the couple has four children: one is attending primary school, two are in secondary school and one is in college. Messie has been in business for many years now. She has been selling groundnuts (peanuts).

Together, they are applying for a loan of 4,000,000 leones (SLL) from SMT/Kiva lenders. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their respective businesses, make more sales and, consequently, improve their living conditions.

Messie will use her share of the loan (800,000 SLL) to expand her business. She will buy groundnuts wholesale to add to her current ones.

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
  • 12
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $8,963,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,277.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD