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Friends United Group
In this Group: Kadiatu, Haja, Marie , Ramatu
In the photo are members of the “Friends United” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Magburaka, a town in northern Sierra Leone. They are seeking a loan of SLL 400,000 for each from SMT/Kiva lenders. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more profit and consequently improve their living conditions.

The leader of this group is Kadiatu K.. Kadiatu is age 35; she was born in Magburaka town where she is currently residing, together with her husband and 3 children. Her husband is a carpenter and her children are attending primary school. Kadiatu sells biscuits, sardines, sugar, milk, toothpaste, soap, etc. She has been running this business for many years now. With her share of this loan, she will buy the above-mentioned items wholesale to add to her business inventory.

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
  • 33
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,980,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,280.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Friends United Group's $375 loan helped a member buy biscuits, sardines, sugar, milk, toothpaste, soap, etc. wholesale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 3, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 20, 2011