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Ta Marr Group
In this Group: Kumba, Kadiatu, Fatmata
Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone is very pleased to present to you members of the “Ta Marr” group. These are small-scale entrepreneurs who have come to SMT/Kiva lenders to seek a loan of 800,000 Sierra Leonean Leones (SLL) for each in order to invest in their respective businesses.

Kumba is the leader of this group. Kumba is 40 years old. She is married to a trader, and the couple has four children – one in primary school, two in secondary school and one not of school-going age. Kumba sells salt, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), onions, fish, etc. She has been a businesswoman for 11 years now. With the help of this loan, she will invest in her business by buying salt, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), onions, fish, etc. in large quantity to add to her current stock.

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
  • 45
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,082,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,400.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Ta Marr Group's $550 loan helped a member to buy salt, margi, onions, fish, etc. in large quantity to add to her current stock.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 14, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 19, 2012