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Tokuru-Omarsu Group
In this Group: Mabinty, Aminata, Fatmata
Meet the members of the “Tokuru-Omarsu” group from Makeni, a city in Northern Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of, to apply for a loan of SLL 1,000,000 for each. With the help of this loan they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions.

Mabinty is the leader of this group. The 48-year-old is married to a businessman and they have three children - one in primary school and two in secondary school. Mabinty has been a businesswoman for more than 20 years now. Currently, she is selling gara-lappers (locally dyed cloth). With her share of this loan, she is going to buy gara-lapper making materials like inks, caustic soda, powder, white cotton cloth, etc. in order to produce a large quantity of gara-lappers to add to her business inventory.

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
  • 14
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,542,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,365.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Tokuru-Omarsu Group's $700 loan helped a member to buy gara-lapper (locally dyed materials) making materials like inks, caustic soda, powder, white cotton cloth, etc. in large quantity.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 19, 2013