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God Is Great Group
In this Group: Mariama Siray, Kadiatu, Sento, Mamusu, Julius
These are members of the “God Is Great” Group. They are microentrepreneurs in the northern city of Makeni. They are seeking a loan of 1,400,000 leones each. With the help of this loan, these entrepreneurs will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and better profit.

Mariama Siray M. is the leader of this group. Mariama was born in Makeni. She is 38, married to a businessman and they have four children: one in primary school and three in secondary school. Mariama has been a businesswoman for quite a long time now. She sells baby clothes. She wants this loan in order to buy more baby clothes to add to her business.

Also included in the photo is the loan officer in charge, handing over the loan.

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
  • 13
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,574,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3,875.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD