A loan of $1,200 helped a member to purchase foodstuffs, such as gari, palm oil, rice, ground nuts, and vegetable oil.


Kankalay Group's story

In the photo are members of the Kankalay group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Waterloo, a small town in northern Sierra Leone. They are seeking a loan of 1,000,000 SLL for each from SMT/Kiva. With this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, increase their profits, and consequently improve their standard of living. The leader of this group is Serreh K.. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, she is 45 years old, married, and has six children, all of whom attend school. Her husband is a soldier. Serreh sells foodstuffs, including gari (fast food made out of cassava roots), palm oil, rice, ground nuts, and vegetable oil. She has been a businesswoman for 25 years. With her share of the loan, she will buy three bags of gari, two bags of rice, 25 gallons of palm oil, and two bags of ground nuts to add to her business.

In this group: Serreh, Fatmata B., Aminata, Isatu, Kadiatu
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