A loan of $525 helped a member to buy dozens of sticks to add to her inventory.


Madina Group's story

Pictured here are the members of the “Madina” group from Waterloo, a small-town in Western Sierra Leone. They are petty businesswomen who have come to SMT, a Kiva partner, in order to seek a loan of SLL 500,000 each. With this loan, they will be able to add more goods to their businesses, attract more customers, make more sales and profit, and consequently improve on their living conditions. The leader of this group of entrepreneurs is Ya Bora K.. Ya Bora was born in Waterloo 65 years ago. She is married and has three children. Her husband is a local chief and her children are now grown-ups and living on their own. Ya Bora sells sticks (used for building houses/structures, fences, etc.). She also sells cold water. She has been in this business for six years now. With her share of the loan, she will buy dozens of sticks to add to her inventory.

In this group: Ya Bora, Mariatu, Yatta, Wendeh
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