A loan of $825 helped a member to buy more scrap metal.


Tesnesa Group's story

Meet with members of the “Tesnesa” group from Makeni, a city in Northern Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva, to apply for a loan of SLL 700,000 for each member. With the help of this loan they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve their living conditions.

Alhaji is the leader of this group. The 40-year-old is married to a trader. They have four children: two in primary school and two in secondary. Alhaji has been a businessman for 17 years. He buys and sells scrap metal. He has requested this loan in order to buy more scrap metal for resale.

In this group: Umu Hawa, Mabinty, Mohamed, Fatmata, Alhaji M.



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