Mabinty Sesay owns a small restaurant in Makeni town and has been in business for more than 3 years. With her previous loan, she purchased saucepans, plates, bags of rice and five galons of palm oil. This increased her business capacity and income. She would like to further expand the business. Mabinty is 35 years old and married with 5 children. With her income, she is able to pay school expenses for the children. She is the group leader and is hardworking. Ramatu sells dried fish, Gbassey sells rice and palm oil and Adama also runs a small restaurant. The group is requesting a loan of Le.3200000 to expand their businesses.
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.