A loan of $575 helped a member to buy palm-oil, gari, rice, etc, at wholesale to add to her current stock.

Alafia A Group's story

In the photo are members of the “Alafia A” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Waterloo, a small-town in Western Sierra Leone, near Freetown. “Shine on Sierra Leone” partnered with SMT to start a branch in this town specifically to help mothers of school-aged girls. 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 their standard of living.

The leader of this group is Fatmata. Fatmata is age 55. She was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital city, but she is currently residing in Waterloo, together with her husband and 5 children. Her husband is a social worker. Two of her children are attending primary school and 3 are in secondary school.

For more than 20 years now, Fatmata has been a businesswoman. She sells palm-oil, gari (fast food made out of cassava roots), rice, etc. With her share of this loan, she is going to expand her business by buying the above-mentioned items at wholesale to add to her current stock.

In this group: Fatmata , Jariatu , Rugiatu , Yeabu, Aminata

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details