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Ahmadiyya Traders Group
In this Group: Hannah , Memuna , Fatmata , Francess
In the photo are members of the “Ahmadiyya Traders” group. They are small scale businesswomen based in Lunsar, a town in northern Sierra Leone. This is the first loan these entrepreneurs are accessing from SMT/Kiva lenders. With this loan, they will be able to expand their respective businesses, make more profit and consequently improve on their standard of living.

The featured leader of this group is Hannah. Hannah was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city. She is a widow with four children. Hannah has been a businesswoman for 25 years now. She sells market food: palm oil (the country’s most popular cooking oil), margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste) and other market food items. Hannah has requested a loan of SLL 500,000 in order to buy palm oil, margi etc. in large quantities to add to her business stocks.

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
  • 54
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,327,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,329.7
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Ahmadiyya Traders Group's $475 loan helped a member to buy palm-oil, margi etc. in large quantities to add to her business stocks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 3, 2013
Jun 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 20, 2014