A loan of $650 helped a member to buy food ingredients, in bulk, to add to her stock – for example, palm oil, onions, magi (used to give sauces a sweet taste), pepper, sugar, and flour.


Hope To God Group-I's story

Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva.org in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you the members of the Hope to God Group-I. These are small-scale entrepreneurs, who have come to SMT/Kiva lenders to seek a loan of SLL 2,700,000, for the entire group. Each of them will use a share of the loan to invest in her respective business.

Bintu is the featured leader of this group. Bintu is a 42-year-old, married woman who has five children – three in primary school and two in secondary school. Bintu sells food ingredients at a market – for example, palm oil (the country’s most popular cooking oil), onions, magi (used to give sauces a sweet taste), pepper, sugar, and flour. She has been doing this business for 10 years. With the help of this loan, Bintu will invest in her business by buying the above-mentioned items in bulk, to add to her current stock.

In this group: Agnes, Kumba, Bintu, Kumba, Seray



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