A loan of $600 helped a member to buy rice, palm-oil, salt, margi, pepper, etc. at wholesale to add to her business.


Sorry Heart Group's story

In the photo are members of the Sorry Heart II Group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Koidu, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. This is the first loan these entrepreneurs are accessing from SMT/Kiva lenders. With this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more profit and consequently improve their standard of living.

The leader of this group is Kumba. Kumba is 38; she was born in Kono. Kumba is married to a diamond miner and the couple has five children - one is attending primary school and four are in secondary school. For 10 years now, Kumba has been selling market food - rice, palm-oil (the country's most popular cooking oil), salt, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), pepper, etc. With this loan, Kumba will buy rice, palm-oil, salt, margi, pepper, etc. at wholesale to add to her business.

(Also attached on the right of the photo is a member of the group who was not present for a group snap shot).

In this group: Marie , Sia , Finda , Kumba , Finda
*not pictured



Loan details


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Loan details