A loan of $1,125 helped a member to buy rice, cigarettes, vegetable oil, etc. in large quantities to add to her business inventory.


Self Help Group's story

In the photo are members of the “Self Help” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Makeni, a city in Northern Sierra Leone. This is not the first loan these entrepreneurs are accessing from SMT/Kiva lenders. However, with this new loan, they will be able to further expand their businesses, make more profit and consequently improve their standard of living.

The leader of this group is Ya Marie. Ya Marie is age fifty; she was born in Magburaka town but she is currently residing in Makeni together with her husband and five children. Her husband is a carpenter and one of her children is in primary school and another is in college. Ya Marie has been a businesswoman for more than twenty years now. She sells rice, vegetable oil, sardines, Peak milk (canned milk brand), etc. With her share of this loan, she is going to buy rice, cigarettes, vegetable oil, etc. in large quantities to add to her business inventory.

In this group: Ya Marie , Mariama , Ramatu , Aminata , Yeanor



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