A loan of $575 helped a member to buy firewood, rice, onions, margi, cigarettes, etc. in large quantities to add to her business.


Mena Group's story

Pictured here are members of the “MENA Group" from Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. They are small businesswomen who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, in order to ask for a loan of 800,000 SLL for each in the group. With this loan, they will be able to add more goods to their businesses, attract more customers, make more sales and profits, and consequently improve on their living conditions.

The leader of this group of entrepreneurs is Fatmata K.. She was born in 1967 in the northern city of Makeni. She is married and has six children. Her husband is retired and sick at home, and two of her children are attending primary and secondary schools.

Fatmata sells firewood, rice, onions, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), cigarettes, etc. She has been a businesswoman since her childhood days. With her share of this loan, she will buy the above mentioned items in large quantities to add to her business.

In this group: Fatmata, Marie, Aminata



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