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Women In Action Group
In this Group: Manty , Kumba , Edna , Mariama , Sia
In the photo are members of the “Women in Action” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Koidu, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. Together, they are requesting a loan of 3,500,000.00 SLL in order to expand on their respective businesses, make more profit and consequently improve their standard of living.

The leader of this group is Mariama. Mariama is 42 years old; she was born in Kono, in eastern Sierra Leone. Mariama is married to a security officer, and the couple has 4 children, 3 of whom are attending primary and secondary schools. Mariama has been a businesswoman for 6 years now. She sells food in a market – rice, palm oil, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), salt, pepper, etc. Mariama is going to use her share of this loan to buy rice, palm oil, margi, salt, pepper, etc., in bulk to add to her current stock.

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
  • 39
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,980,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,326.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Women In Action Group's $825 loan helped a member to buy rice, palm oil, margi, salt, pepper, etc., in bulk to add to her current stock.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 12, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 20, 2014