A loan of $925 helped a member to buy food (palm oil, onions, Maggi cubes, salt, pepper, fish, tomatoes, etc.) in large quantity to add to her business.

Sorry Heart Iv Group's story

Meet the members of the Sorry Heart IV Group from Koidu, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. They are all local entrepreneurs who have come to Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva, to apply for a loan of 800,000 Sierra Leonean leones each. With the help of this loan, they will be able to expand their individual businesses, make more sales, and consequently improve their living conditions.

Mariama is the featured leader of this group. This 40-year-old is married to a school teacher, and the couple has five children, four of whom are attending primary and secondary schools. Mariama sells market food: palm oil (the most popular cooking oil), onions, Maggi cubes (used to give sauce a sweet taste), salt, pepper, fish, tomatoes, etc. She has been doing this business for many years now. With the help of this loan, Mariama will invest in her business by buying food items in large quantity to add to her business.

Also included on the right in the photo is loan officer Alieu posing with the borrowers.

In this group: Mariama, Umu, Umu, Aminata, Numu

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