A loan of $550 helped a member to buy white cotton, inks, soda, and powder, and pay designers.

Kara Group's story

Here are Aminata K. and Fatmata K.. These are small scale entrepreneurs in the northern city of Makeni. They are seeking a loan of SLL 1,000,000.00 to enable them to add more goods to their businesses. In this way, they will be able to make more sales and better profits. Consequently, they can better support their children in terms of feeding, clothing, and in their academic pursuits.

Aminata K. (left) is the leader of this group. Aminata is approximately forty-five years of age. She was born in Mashinra, an outskirt of Makeni. Aminata is married with three children. Her husband is an electrician and her children are attending school – two are in junior secondary school and one is in senior secondary school. Aminata sells gara lappers (locally dyed clothes, sometimes with fabricated designs) and sometimes she also sells palm-oil (the most popular cooking oil). Aminata has been selling gara lappers for nearly twenty years now. She will use this loan to buy ten pieces of “brillians” (thirty yards of white cotton makes one brillian). She will also use part of the loan to buy different colors of ink, soda, powder and pay experts who make the designs on the cottons (brillian).

In this group: Aminata, Fatmata

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