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Kara Group
In this Group: Aminata, Fatmata
Pictured here are members of the “Kara” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. They are seeking a loan of SLL 1,200,000 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 Aminata K. who is pictured on the left. Aminata is age 45 and was born in Makeni. She is married with four children. Her husband is a teacher and her children are attending both primary and secondary schools, respectively.

For many years now, Aminata has been selling cloths, including gara lappers (locally dyed clothes), dishes and rubber bowls. She will use her share of this loan to expand her business. She will buy gara lapper making materials like inks, caustic soda, powder, white cotton cloths, dishes and rubber bowls to add to her business.

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
  • 46
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,075.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Kara Group's $600 loan helped a member to buy gara lapper making materials like inks, caustic soda, powder, white cotton cloths, dishes and rubber bowls to add to her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 12, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 20, 2011