A loan of $650 helped a member buy gara lapper making materials – inks, caustic soda, powder and the white cotton and dozens of plastic bowls, dishes, etc.


Tas Efi Group's story

Here are members of the 'Tas Efi' group from Magburaka, a town in northern Sierra Leone. They are a group of petty traders who have come together to seek a loan of SLL 500,000 for each member of the group in order to boost their businesses.

Ya Fatmata B. is the leader of this group of borrowers. Ya Fatmata who sells plastic bowls, dishes, and gara lappers (locally dyed cloth) is approximately 37 years old. She was born in Mangay Bana village, near Magburaka town. She is married to a businessman and they have four children. Ya Fatmata, who has been a businesswoman for many years now, will use her share of the loan to buy dozens of plastic bowls, dishes and gara lapper making materials – inks, caustic soda, powder and the white cotton (called 'brillian').

(Attached to this photo is a snapshot of a borrower who was not able to be present for the group photo.)

In this group: Ya Fatmata, Esther, Marie, Rugiatu, Mamusu



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