A loan of $600 helped a member to buy Bamako cloths at wholesale to add to her business.


Women Progress Group's story

Meet the members of the “Women Progress” group from Lunsar, a town in northern Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, to apply for a loan of 500,000 Sierra Leonean Leones for each. With the help of this loan they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve on their living conditions.

Marion is the leader of this group. The thirty-eight-year-old is married to a trader and they have three children. Marion has been a businesswoman for twelve years now. She sells “Bamako” cloths (cloths made in Mali). With her share of this loan, she will buy Bamako cloths at wholesale to add to her business.

In this group: Rosetta, Balu , Betty E., Marion N., Alice



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