A loan of $600 helped a member to buy a large quantity of palm oil to add to her current stock.


Makeni Women's Group's story

Pictured here are members of the “Makeni Women’s” group from Waterloo, a town in northern Sierra Leone. They are petty businesswomen who have come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, in order to apply for a loan of 500,000 SLL for each in the group. With this loan, they will be able to add more goods to their respective businesses, attract more customers, make more sales and profit and consequently improve on their living conditions.

The featured leader of this group of entrepreneurs is Isatu. Isatu was born in the Mamusa village in northern Sierra Leone. Isatu is age 39, married to a trader and together they have three children who are attending primary school.

Isatu sells palm oil (the country’s most popular cooking oil). With her share of this loan, Isatu is going to buy a large quantity of palm oil to add to her current stock.

In this group: Isatu , Mabinty , Tidabkay , Rugiatu , Mariama



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