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Gbampo Group
In this Group: Sonie , Fatu , Isatu , Ramatu
Sonie is the leader of this group of entrepreneurs. Sonie was born in Makeni city about 50 years ago. She is married to a former military officer, and the couple has five children, one of whom is still attending school.

For seven years now, Sonie has been selling cooked rice with sauce. With the help of this loan, Sonie and her group members will be able to expand their respective businesses, make more sales, and consequently, improve their living conditions. Sonie will use her share of the loan (1,200,000 SLL) to expand her business by buying cooking ingredients like rice, palm oil (the most popular cooking oil), tomatoes, onions, pepper, etc., in bulk in order to stop buying retail. With these items in bulk, she can now produce a larger quantity of rice and sauce for sale.

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
  • 41
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,978,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,349.6
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Gbampo Group's $1,125 loan helped a member to buy cooking ingredients like rice, palm oil, tomatoes, onions, pepper, etc., in bulk in order to stop buying retail.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 3, 2012
Nov 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2013