Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva.org based in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you this group of schoolteachers from the eastern city of Kenema. They have come together to request a loan of SLL 19,800,000 for the entire team. With the help of this loan, they are empowered to meet their most immediate and most pressing financial needs. At the end of each month, they can easily repay the loan. It is their school’s bursar who is directly responsible for doing the deductions making the repayments on their behalf.
Betty is the featured leader of this group. The 53-year-old is a native of Damalow, in eastern Sierra Leone. Betty is a widow with two children, one in secondary school and one in college. Betty has been a schoolteacher for 27 years now. She has requested this loan in order to pay college fees for her child.
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.