A loan of $900 helped a member buy palm oil, rice, foofoo, bananas, 'gari' and many more locally produced items.

Salapateh Group's story

Rugiatu B., who is pictured on the right in the back row, is the leader of this group who call themselves 'Salapateh' and come from the small town of Waterloo, near Freetown, where 'Shine on Sierra Leone' has partnered with SMT to start a branch. These women have applied for a loan of SLL 3,400,000 from Kiva lenders in order to further boost their businesses. As such, they will be able to attract many customers, make more sales, and consequently improve their living conditions.

Born in Port Loko, northern Sierra Leone, the 48-year-old Rugiatu is married to an Imam and they have nine children – five in secondary school, one in primary school. The rest are now grown-ups and on their own. Since childhood, Rugiatu has been a businesswoman. Currently, she sells palm oil (the most popular cooking oil), rice, foofoo (food made out of cassava roots), bananas, 'gari' (junk food also made out of cassava roots) and as many more locally produced items as she can lay hands on. With her share of this loan (SLL 800,0000), Rugiatu will buy locally produced goods like the ones mentioned above and any other lucrative locally produced goods available in the market.

In this group: Rugiatu, Ramatu, Memunatu, Isatu, Aminata

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