A loan of $825 helped a member to buy a larger quantity of cooking ingredients including rice, palm-oil, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and onions.

The Unity Group's story

Pictured here are members of the The Unity Group from Koidu, a city in Eastern Sierra Leone. They are petty-businesswomen who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, in order to seek for a loan of 7,000,000 Leones for each in the group. With this loan, they will be able to add more goods to their respective businesses, attract more customers, make more sales and profit and consequently improve on their living conditions.

The leader of this group of entrepreneurs is Issata. Issata was born in Tonkoro, in Eastern Sierra Leone, 34 years ago. She is married and has four children. Her husband is a trader and her children are attending primary and secondary schools respectively. Issata sells cooked rice with delicious sauce. She has been in this business for seven years now. With her share of this loan, she will buy cooking ingredients like rice, palm-oil (the country’s most popular cooking oil), tomatoes, onions, fish, and other items in bulk. This will enable her to cook a larger quantity of rice and sauce and will also enable her stop buying at retail price.

(Also included in the right of the photo is loan officer Edward, posing with the borrowers.)

In this group: Issatu , Sia, Fatmata, Konnie, Issata

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details