A loan of $650 helped a member buy bags of rice, gallons of palm-oil, and piles of firewood.

Kamathor Group's story

Meet the members of the “Kamathor” group from Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. These women are small-scale local entrepreneurs who want to develop their businesses, but lack sufficient capital. Therefore, they formed a group to apply for a loan of SLL 500,000 each from SMT/Kiva lenders. With the help of this loan, they can attract more customers, make more sales and, consequently, improve their living conditions.

Their leader, Magret C., is pictured in the middle, receiving the loan from loan officer Zainab Bangura. The 45-year-old was born in Makeni, is married to an architect, and they have six children, one of whom still attends primary school. For twenty years, Magret has been selling rice, palm-oil (the most popular cooking oil) and firewood. With her share of the loan, she will buy bags of rice, gallons of palm-oil, and piles of firewood to add to her current ones.

In this group: Magret, Adama, Fanta, Haja, Kadiatu
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