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Sia Agatha's Group
In this Group: Sia Agatha , Sahr Togbar , Fuad M., Komba
We introduce to you in the photo above teachers of a primary school situated in Koidu/Kono, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. Like their teacher colleagues in other regions of the country, they have requested a loan of 6,500,000 Sierra Leonean Leones from Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of based in Makeni, which is in northern Sierra Leone. With this loan, they will be able to meet their immediate financial challenges. At the end of each month, they will repay the loan using their monthly salaries.

The leader of this group of teachers is Sia, who was born in Seidu Nimikoro in eastern Sierra Leone. The 45 year old is married to a teacher, and the couple has four children together. Two are in secondary school and two are in primary school. With 25 years of experience in the teaching profession, Sia is requesting this loan in order to pay school fees for her children.

Additional Information

About Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT)

Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) is Kiva’s oldest field partner in Sierra Leone. SMT began operations in 2002 as a microcredit program of the NGO Child Fund Sierra Leone under a USAID program to assist the reintegration of ex combatants back into their communities. Today, SMT offers group, agricultural, individual and salary loans to micro-entrepreneurs through six branches and one sub-branch in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas. By providing small loans and other financial services, SMT empowers poor clients to generate more income to help their families, improve their wellbeing, and create a more vibrant private small-business sector in Sierra Leone.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 47
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,370.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD