A loan of $625 helped a member to buy dishes, rubbers bowls, palm-oil, cotton, etc. at wholesale.

Hands Together I Group's story

Meet the members of the Hands Together I group from Waterloo, a small town in western Sierra Leone where “Shine on Sierra Leone” partnered with Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) to start a branch. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, also a partner of Kiva.org, to apply for a loan of 2,500,000 SLL to be shared equally among themselves. With the help of this loan they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions.

Fatmata M. is the leader of this group. The thirty-five-year-old is married to a salaried worker, and the couple has two children. Fatmata has been selling dishes, rubber bowls, palm oil, cotton, etc. for ten years now. With her share of this loan, she will buy the above-mentioned items at wholesale to add to her current stock.

In this group: Fatmata, Sallay, Haja, Isatu, Ramatu
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