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God Bless Group
In this Group: Mabinty, Ya Mabinty, Mariatu, Zainab
Mabinty K. (pictured second from the right) is the leader of this group. This 45-year-old is a widow with three children. Mabinty has been a businesswoman for a year now. She makes and sells laundry soap. With her share of this loan, she will buy soap-making materials like palm oil, caustic soda, rubber bowls and hand gloves in order to produce a larger quantity of soap for sale.

These are members of the “God Bless Group" from Makeni, a city in Northern Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a Kiva partner, to apply for a loan of 800,000 leones each. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions.

Additional Information

About Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT)

Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) is Kiva’s oldest field partner in Sierra Leone. SMT began operations in 2002 as a microcredit program of the NGO Child Fund Sierra Leone under a USAID program to assist the reintegration of ex combatants back into their communities. Today, SMT offers group, agricultural, individual and salary loans to micro-entrepreneurs through six branches and one sub-branch in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas. By providing small loans and other financial services, SMT empowers poor clients to generate more income to help their families, improve their wellbeing, and create a more vibrant private small-business sector in Sierra Leone.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 43
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,082,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,940.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of God Bless Group's $825 loan helped a member to buy soap-making materials like palm oil, caustic soda, rubber bowls and hand gloves.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 18, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2011