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Women Of Progress Group
In this Group: Wendy , Kadiatu , Marie , Massah , Fatmata , Salamatu
Meet the members of the “Women of Progress” group from Waterloo, a small town in western Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of, to apply for a loan of 500,000 SLL apiece. With the help of this loan they hope to expand their respective businesses, make more sales, and consequently improve their living conditions.

Wendy is the featured leader of this group. The 39-year-old is married to an “okada driver” (motorbike taxi driver) and they have 3 children together. Wendy has been a businesswoman for many years now; she sells “achekeh” (food made from cassava roots). With her share of this loan, she will buy a large quantity of ingredients in order to cook a larger amount of achekeh to sell.

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
  • 16
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,478,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,349.4
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Women Of Progress Group's $700 loan helped a member to buy a large quantity of ingredients to cook achekeh to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 7, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 20, 2014