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Sahr Mathew's Group
In this Group: Sahr Mathew, Sahr Ronald, Komba Sandi
Pictured here are teachers from a primary school in Koidu, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. This group of teachers has come to SMT, a partner of, to apply for a loan of 7,000,000 SLL for the entire team. With the help of this loan, these teachers can meet their immediate financial challenges and at the end of each month, they can make their loan payments using their monthly salaries.

Komba is the featured leader of this group. He is a native of the village of Canaan, near Kono. The 40-year-old is married to a teacher and the couple has six children.

Komba has been a school teacher for 28 years now. He has requested this loan in order to pay the school fees for his children. He will also use part of the loan to buy house-building materials such as iron, corrugated zinc, sand, nails, cement, etc. for the construction of a dwelling house.

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
  • 46
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,068,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,327.5
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD