A loan of $600 helped a member to buy a bale of Bamako clothes to add to her current stock.


We Are Here Group's story

Meet members of the “We Are Here” group from Kenema, a city in Eastern Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, to apply for a loan of SLL 500,000 each. With the help of this loan they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions.

Mariama is the leader of this group. The 29-year-old is married to a driver and they have 3 children attending primary and secondary schools. Mariama has been a businesswoman for many years now, selling clothes (specifically Bamako clothes: prestigious clothes dyed in Mali). With her share of this loan, she will buy a bale of Bamako clothes to add to her current stock.

In this group: Mariama, Nancy , Hassanatu, Amie, Zainab
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