A loan of $600 helped a member to buy cooking ingredients — rice, palm oil, fish, etc. — in bulk in order to produce a larger quantity of cooked rice for sale.


Gbla Group's story

Agnes is the leader of this group of entrepreneurs. Agnes was born in northern Sierra Leone, and she is 45 years of age. Agnes is married and has three children – two in primary school and one in secondary school. Agnes sells cooked rice and has been doing this business for 12 years now.

Anges and her colleagues in the group have applied for a loan of 500,000 Sierra Leone leones for each member in the group from SMT/Kiva lenders in order to further expand their respective businesses. With the help of this loan, they will buy more inventories to add to their businesses, attract more customers, make more sales and increase profitability and, consequently, improve their living standards.

The leader of the group, Agnes, is going to use her share of the loan to buy cooking ingredients — rice, palm-oil, fish, etc. — in bulk in order to produce a larger quantity of cooked rice for sale.

(Attached on the right of the group photo is the photo of a borrower who was not able to be present for a group photo).

In this group: Agnes , Esther, Isatu , Ramatu, Fatu
*not pictured



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