A loan of $625 helped a member buy charcoal and firewood in large quantity.


Charcoal Sellers Group's story

Pictured here are members of the “Charcoal Sellers” group from Waterloo, a small town near Freetown where “Shine on Sierra Leone” has partnered with SMT to start a branch. These women are petty traders who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, in order to seek a loan of SLL 500,000 for each in the group. With this loan, they will be able to add more goods to their business inventories, attract more customers, make more sales and profit and consequently improve their living conditions. The leader of this group of entrepreneurs is Umu S.. Umu was born in the southern city of Bo. She is forty-five years of age. She is married and has seven children. Her husband is a salaried worker and two of her children are attending primary and secondary schools respectively. Umu sells charcoal and firewood. She has been a businesswoman for twenty years now. With her share of this loan she will buy charcoal and firewood in large quantity to add to her business stock.

In this group: Umu , Maseray, Fatmata, Fatmata, Aminata
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