A loan of $550 helped a member to buy ink, caustic soda, powder, white cotton clothes, etc. in order to produce a larger quantity of locally dyed clothes to sell.


Kara Group's story

Meet with members of the “Kara” group from Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. They are local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, to apply for a loan of 1,200,000 SLL per person. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions.

Aminata is the leader of this group. This 48-year-old is married to an electrician, and they have four children. Aminata has been a businesswoman for twenty-four years now, and she sells gara lappers, or locally dyed clothes. With her share of this loan, she will buy gara lapper-making materials – ink, caustic soda, powder, white cotton clothes, etc. in order to produce a larger quantity of clothing to sell.

In this group: Aminata, Fatmata



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