A loan of $650 helped a member to buy rice, palm-oil, Magi, onion, chicken, etc.


Bisimilai Group's story

Pictured here are members of the “Bisimilai” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Makeni city, in Northern Sierra Leone. They are seeking a loan of SLL 500,000 for each to enable them to further expand their businesses. Consequently, they will make more profit and improve their standard of living.

The leader of this group is Mariatu M. K. who is pictured on the left in the back row. Mariatu was born in a place call Sandugu, Port Loko district, Northern Sierra Leone. She is age 34, married and has five children. Her husband is a businessman and three of her children are attending school. The other two children are still not of school-going age.

For four years now, Mariatu has been selling market food – rice, palm oil (the most popular cooking oil), Magi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), onion, chicken, etc. With this loan, she will expand her business by buying the above-mentioned items at wholesale to add to her current stock.

In this group: Mariatu M., Isatu, Isatu, Haja, Aminata
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