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Tas-Try Group
In this Group: Fatmata, Yeabu, Amie, Yabom
These are members of the Tas-Try group. They are small-scale entrepreneurs in Makeni city, in northern Sierra Leone. They have applied for a loan of SLL 500,000 each to enable them to strengthen their businesses. In this way, they can better provide for their children in terms of feeding, clothing, and educating them.

The leader of the group is Fatmata K., on the left. Fatmata was born in Masongbo village, about three miles from Makeni city. Fatmata is approximately forty-two years of age. She is married and has two children. Her husband is a driver and her children are attending secondary schools.

Fatmata sells rice and palm-oil, i.e., the country’s most popular cooking oil. She has had over fifteen years of experience in this business. With her share of the loan, Fatmata will buy more bags of rice and more gallons of palm-oil to add to her business inventory.

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
  • 3,935.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD