A loan of $625 helped a member to buy rice, palm-oil, peppers, gari, etc., at wholesale to add to her current stock.


Sorry For Me Group's story

Meet the members of the “Sorry For Me” group from Waterloo, a small town in Western Sierra Leone where Shine on Sierra Leone has partnered with SMT to start a branch. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, to apply for a loan of 2,700,000 SLL for the entire group. With the help of this loan they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions.

Sento is the leader of this group. The 25 year old is married to a businessman and together they have four children, two of whom are attending primary schools.

Sento has been a businesswoman for thirteen years now. She sells market food such as rice, palm-oil (the country’s most popular cooking oil), peppers, gari (food made out of cassava roots), etc. With her share of this loan, she will buy the above mentioned items at wholesale to add to her current stock.

(Also included in the left of the photo is loan officer Kadiatu Bah, handing over the loan to the borrowers)

In this group: Sento, Hawa, Zainab, Rugiatu



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