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Three Sisters Group
In this Group: Fatmata, Marian, Edeline
Here are Fatmata L., Marian K. and Edeline B.. They call their group Three Sisters. Members of the Three Sisters group are small scale businesswomen in Makeni city. They have been very fortunate to receive several Kiva loans. These loans have improved the businesses and living standards of these entrepreneurs. The previous loan they received was for Le 1,000,000.00 each. Having repaid that successfully, they are again requesting a new loan of Le 1,200,000 for each to further improve their businesses.

The leader of this group is Fatmata L. on the right. Fatmata was born in Freetown. She is now forty-three years old, married to a police officer and they have five children. Fatmata’s children are attending primary and secondary schools. Fatmata sells drinks and locally dyed clothes called gara lappers. She has been in this business for many years now. With this loan, she will be able to further expand her business, make enough profit to cater for her children especially in meeting their educational needs.

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
  • 14
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,542,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,550.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD