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Together As One Group
In this Group: Shaka , Alie , Osman , Foday , Sulaiman
In the photo are members of the “Together As One” group. They are small scale businessmen based in Kenema, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. This is the first loan these entrepreneurs are requesting from SMT. With this loan, they will be able to expand their respective businesses, earn more profits, and improve their standard of living.

The leader of this group is Foday, who is 35 years old, married, and has two children who attend school. He was born in Makeni in northern Sierra Leone but he now resides and works in Kenema. Foday has been a businessman for many years, selling used clothes. With the loan, Foday will buy a bale of used clothes to add to his current 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
  • 40
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,978,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,355.3
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD