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A loan of $575 helped a member to buy dozens of slippers to add to her business.


The Star Group's story

Meet with members of the “The Star” group from Waterloo, a small town in western Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, to apply for a loan of 500,000 SLL for each. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve on their living conditions.

Hadiatu is the leader of this group. The 35-year-old is a widow with 2 children – 1 in primary school and 1 not of school-going age. Hadiatu has been a businesswoman for many years now. She sells slippers/flip-flops. With her share of this loan, she is going to buy dozens of slippers to add to her business.

In this group: Hadiatu, Mabinty, Marian, Fudia, Isatu



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