A loan of $525 helped a member buy rice, frying oil, and other cooking ingredients wholesale.


Faith Women Group's story

Meet the members of the “Faith Women” group from Waterloo, a small town in western Sierra Leone, where “Shine on Sierra Leone” has partnered with SMT to start a branch. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT/Kiva lenders to apply for a loan of SLL 500,000 for each. With the help of this loan they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions. Mary S. is the leader of this group. The 30-year-old is married to a building contractor and they have two children who are one and four. Mary has been a businesswoman for four years now; she sells cooked rice, meat, fish, and vegetables. With her share of this loan, she will buy rice, frying oil, and other cooking ingredients wholesale.

In this group: Mary , Salamatu, Mariama , Baindu
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