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United Traders 1 Group
In this Group: Mariama, Haja , Alice , Adama , Mariama
Mariama is the featured leader of this group of entrepreneurs. Mariama was born in Daru town, in eastern Sierra Leone. She is married to a businessman and the couple has four children, three of whom are attending primary and secondary schools. Mariama sells palm oil (the country’s most popular cooking oil) and dried fish. She has been doing this business for four years now.

With the help of this loan, Mariama and her group members will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and consequently improve on their living conditions. Mariama will use her share of the loan (SLL 500,000) to buy palm oil and dried fish in larger quantity to add to her business.

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
  • 41
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,327.9
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of United Traders 1 Group's $600 loan helped a member to buy palm oil and dried fish in larger quantity to add to her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 23, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 20, 2014