St. Joseph Vocational Group
This will be the second loan St. Joseph Vocational Institute is requesting from Kiva through SMT. Their previous loan was a great help to these teachers. Some of them invested theirs in business, others used theirs to settle their children's school affairs and others use theirs to buy pieces of furniture.
Florence K. Y. is the head mistress of the school. Mrs. Y. (back right in pink) was born in Magburaka. She is 39 years old, married to a teacher and the mother of four children. Three of her children are in secondary schools and the fourth is in primary school. Mrs. Y. invested her previous loan in the education of her children. This time she would like to use part of it to buy herself a plot of land and the balance she will use in her children's schooling.
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.
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