A loan of $825 helped a member to buy palm oil, onions, margi, salt, pepper, and other food items in bulk to add to her current stock.


Help We Self Group's story

In the photo are members of the “Help We Self” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Waterloo, a small town in western Sierra Leone. Together, they are requesting a loan of 3,500,000 SLL. With this loan, they hope to expand their respective businesses, make more profit, and consequently improve their standard of living.

The featured leader of this group is Fatmata. Fatmata is 45, she is married to a teacher, and the couple has 6 children. Fatmata sells palm oil (the country’s most popular cooking oil), onions, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), salt, pepper, and other foodstuffs. She has requested this loan in order to buy these food items in bulk to add to her current stock.

In this group: Fatmata, Kadiatu M., Oya



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