A loan of $600 helped a member to buy food to sell in the market.


Development Ii Group's story

In the photo are members of the “Development 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 Sia. Sia is 54; she was born in Tankoro in the Kono district. She is currently residing in Koidu with her husband and six children. Her husband is an electrician, and two of her children are attending secondary schools. Sia has been a businesswoman for many years now. She sells food in the market such as rice, onions, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), salt, pepper, fish, and tomatoes. With her share of this loan, she is going to buy more food to sell.

In this group: Abie , Kumba , Hawa , Sia , Salamatu
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