A loan of $700 helped a member improve their businesses.


Joshua Timber Sales Group's story

This is Martin T. and Mustapha T.. They named their group Joshua. Martin T. is the leader of this group. Martin owes a chain saw and trades timber at Pamlap, a village around the outskirt of Makeni. He has been in his current business for 6 years now. Martin was born in Pamlap. He is 40, married with 4 children. Two of his children are in secondary schools and the other two are not attending school. The boy dropped out of school and the girl had a teenage pregnancy. Martin now has the great task of caring for the pregnant girl and encouraging the remaining two to be steadfast in their schooling. His previous loans with SMT have helped him a great deal. Out of the proceeds of his business, he could solve his numerous problems. He could send his children to school, attend to them when they are sick, feed and clothe them. Martin faces some few challenges in his business, like the lack of transportation for the timbers to the main roads, and enough capital to employ a larger labor force. Nevertheless, with the numerous loans he got from SMT, Martin has been able to buy himself a plot of land for the future construction of a house. The other members of this group are now receiving loans from SMT as individual clients, while these two still remain together as a group. They have been with SMT for over 5 years now. These SMT loans are a great help to these entrepreneurs. These people's businesses have been growing as a result of the continuous access to loans they have been getting from SMT. But they still need new loans as it is the continuous access to financial services that can eradicate or reduce poverty.

In this group: Martin, Mustaspha
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