A loan of $425 helped a member invest in her business.


United Traders Group's story

This is Marie B., Yeabu K. and Marie S.. They are local entrepreneurs in Magburaka town. They called their group United Traders. They are requesting a loan of Le 500,000 for each. This is the first loan this group is accessing from SMT/Kiva. With the help of this loan, they will be able to improve their businesses by adding more goods into their stalls. This will attract many customers into their businesses; sales and profit will improve for these entrepreneurs. Consequently, the living standard of these entrepreneurs will also improve.

Marie B. (left) is the leader of this group. She was born in a small town call Mile Ninety-One, in northern Sierra Leone. She is age twenty-nine, married to a teacher and the two of them have four children. Two of her children are in class four, one in class three and the other is in nursery school. Marie sells ground-nuts/peanuts; rice and other locally produce goods. Marie also sells shoes. She has been a businesswoman for five years now.

In this group: Marie, Yeabu, Marie
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