A loan of $1,750 helped a member to buy cooking ingredients like rice, palm-oil, pepper, tomatoes, onions, etc. in bulk in order to produce a larger quantity of cooked rice and sauce for sale.


Malap I Group's story

In the photo are members of the “Malap I” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. They have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, to apply for a loan of 1,500,000 Sierra Leonean Leones for each in the group. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their respective businesses both in size and quality. The leader of this group is Adama who is pictured on the right. Adama is age thirty-eight. She used to live in Makambo village, near Makeni. Currently, she is residing in Makeni, together with her husband and four children. Her husband is a businessman too and her children are attending primary and secondary school. For many years now, Adama has been selling cooked rice and sauce. With her share of this loan, she is going to buy cooking ingredients like rice, palm-oil, pepper, tomatoes, onions, etc. in bulk in order to produce a larger quantity of cooked rice and sauce for sale.

In this group: Adama, Sallay M, Fatmata , Rugiatu, Sallay
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