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Matal United Group
In this Group: Amie, Yeabu, Neneh , Isatu
Amie L. is the leader of this group of entrepreneurs from the township of Magburaka, northern Sierra Leone. Amie L. sells locally produced items like palm oil (the most popular cooking oil), cassava roots, and ground-nuts/peanuts. She also sells clothes. She has been a businesswoman for 15 years now. 36-year-old Amie was born in Matal village; she is married to a worker at the Ministry of Agriculture and they have 7 children. With her share of this loan, she will expand her business by buying the above-mentioned items wholesale to add to her current stock.

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
  • 41
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,841.1
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Matal United Group's $525 loan helped a member buy local produce like palm oil and clothes to expand her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 9, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2010