A loan of $600 helped a member to buy curtains, cards, calendars, etc. for resale.


Tamarsu Group's story

Meet the members of the “Tamarsu” group from Kenema, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, to apply for a loan of 500,000 Sierra Leonean leones for each one. With the help of this loan they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve on their living conditions. Marie B. is the leader of this group. The 24-year-old is married to a motorbike taxi driver and they have 2 children. Marie has been a businesswoman for 5 years now; she sells window curtains, door curtains, birthday cards, celebrity calendars, etc. With her share of this loan, she will buy the above mentioned items at wholesale to add to her current ones.

In this group: Marie, Zainab, Marie, Fatmata, Aminata
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