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Lunsar Group
In this Group: Yeabu, Adama, Fatmata, Isha, Isata
Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you members of the “Lunsar” group. These are small scale entrepreneurs who have come to SMT/Kiva lenders to seek a loan of 800,000.00 Sierra Leonean Leones (SLL) for each in the group in order to invest in their respective businesses.

Yeabu is the leader of this group. Yeabu is forty-five-years-old, married with three children who are no longer attending school. Yeabu sells market-food – tomatoes, margi (used to give suace a sweet taste), onions, pepper, salt, flour, beans, oil, etc. She has been a businesswoman for the past twenty-five years now. With the help of this loan, Yeabu will invest in her business by buying tomatoes, margi, onions, pepper, salt, flour, beans, oil, etc., in large quantities to expand her business.

(Also included in the left of the photo is loan officer Rosaline handing over the loan to the borrowers).

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
  • 35
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,980,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,310.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Lunsar Group's $950 loan helped a member to buy tomatoes, margi, onions, pepper, salt, flour, beans, oil, etc., in large quantities to expand her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 10, 2012
May 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2013