A loan of $875 helped a member buy sugar, cigarettes, sweets, biscuits, mints, water, etc. wholesale.

Sorbeh Group's story

Pictured here are members of the “Sorbeh” group from the small town of Waterloo, near Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city. Mariatu M., pictured on the left, is the leader of this group of entrepreneurs. The 40-year-old sells sugar, cigarettes, sweets, biscuits, mints, water, etc. She has been a businesswoman for 5 – 6 years now. She and her colleagues are seeking from Kiva lenders a loan of SLL 3,300,000 in order to invest in their businesses. Mariatu will use her share of the loan, SLL 800,000, to buy the above-mentioned items in wholesale to add to her current stock.

Mariatu M. was born in Waterloo, where 'Shine on Sierra Leone' has partnered with SMT to start a branch. She is married with 5 children. Her husband is a security guard and three of her children are attending secondary school, while two are adults.

In this group: Mariatu, Safiatu, Isha, Fudia, Irish

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