A loan of $475 helped a member to buy palm oil, margi, salt, pepper, etc. in large quantities to add to her current stock.

Beliving God Group's story

Pictured above are members of the "Beliving God" group from Makeni, a city in Northern Sierra Leone. This group of small-scale businesswomen has come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, to request a loan of 500,000 Sierra Leonean Leones for each in order to improve the size and quality of their respective businesses. In this way, sales and sales-to-profit-margin will improve for these borrowers. Consequently, they are being empowered to better support their children in terms of feeding, clothing and schooling.

The leader of this group is Isatu, a 44-year-old native of Yonie village married to a trader and the mother of four children - two in primary school, one in secondary and one an adult. Isatu sells market food such as palm oil (the most country's popular cooking oil), margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), salt, pepper, etc., and has been a businesswoman for many years now. She has requested this loan in order to buy the above-mentioned items in large quantites to add to her current stock.

In this group: Mohamed, Isatu, Yeabu, Fanta

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