A loan of $850 helped a member to buy firewood, rice, onions, margi, cigarettes, etc. in large quantities to add to her business.


Mena Group's story

In the photo are members of the “Mena” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Makeni, a town in Northern Sierra Leone. This is not the first loan these entrepreneurs are accessing from SMT/Kiva lenders. With their previous Kiva loan, they were able to add more inventory to their respective businesses. This led to a great improvement in their businesses and lives through increased sales and profits. They were able to use the extra profit they made to send their children to school, feed and clothe them. Having repaid that loan successfully, they are requesting a new loan of 3,600,000 Leones for the entire group. With this new loan, they will be able to further expand their business inventories. Fatmata remains the featured leader of this group. Fatmata sells market food and will use her share of the loan to further increase her inventories.

In this group: Fatmata, Marie, Aminata



Loan details


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Loan details