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Cookery Women Group
In this Group: Isatu , Isatu , Adama, Kathy
These are the members of the Cookery Women Group. They are small-scale businesswomen who are based in the city of Makeni in northern Sierra Leone. With this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, to make more profit, and, consequently, to improve their standard of living.

Isatu S. I is the leader of this group. Isatu was born in Kambia in northern Sierra Leone. She is 50 years old and married to a farmer. They have three children. One child is attending secondary school, and the other two children are attending primary school. For more than 10 years now, Isatu has sold cooked rice, meat, and vegetables. With her share of this loan, she will buy cooking materials such as rice, palm oil, meat, onions, and tomatoes in large quantities.

(Please note: In the middle of the photo is a former group member who is no longer a group member.)

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
  • 43
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,082,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,855.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Cookery Women Group's $1,050 loan helped a member to buy cooking materials such as rice, palm oil, meat, onions, and tomatoes in large quantities.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 4, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2010