A loan of $900 helped a member to buy materials, ink, candles, powder, caustic soda, white cotton, etc. in order to produce a larger quantity of gara lappers (locally dyed clothes) for sale.


Timap Bifo Group's story

In the photo are members of the “Timap Bifo” group. They are small scale businesswomen based in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. This is the first loan these entrepreneurs are accessing from SMT/Kiva lenders. With this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more profit and consequently improve on their standard of living. The leader of this group is Kadiatu aged 31. She was born in Koidu city but she is currently residing in Makeni together with her husband and four children. Her husband is a businessman. One of her children is attending primary school and two are in secondary school. For many years Kadiatu has been selling gara lappers (locally dyed clothes). With her share of this loan, she is going to buy materials, ink, candles, powder, caustic soda, white cotton, etc. in order to produce a larger quantity of gara clothes for sale.

In this group: Kadiatu , Adama , Fatu , Marie
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