A loan of $2,800 helped a member buying more jeans and shirts to sell in his store.

God Is With Us Group's story

This group is composed of Abdul K., Ramatu K., Fatmata K., Isatu K., Kadiatu K., Marie S. and Fatmata T.. They call their group "God Is With Us". They have received several loans through SMT. They have re-paid previous loans successfully. Their previous loan was for Le 1,000,000 each. That loan helped them a lot. They were able to make a lot of profit from the loan, thus able to solve many of their problems. Today, they are requesting a new loan for Le 1,200,000 each to add to their businesses.

Abdul (front right) is the leader of this group. Abdul was born in Roketeh, six miles from the city of Makeni, in northern Sierra Leone. He is thirty-five years of age, married with two children – one is in nursery school and the other is only an infant. Abdul also cares for two of his deceased elder brother’s children who are attending school. Abdul’s wife is a businesswoman. Abdul sells ready-to-wear clothes.

With this loan of Le 1,200,000, Abdul will buy about forty pairs of jeans and four dozen shirts. He travels to neighboring Guinea to buy the clothes, paying a round/trip fare of Le 60,000. In Guinea, a pair of trousers costs Le 25,000. He sells each pair in Sierra Leone for Le 30,000.

The only challenge Abdul is facing is that of bad debts. Sometimes relatives will borrow money from him and will never pay back. Apart from this, business is going fine and he enjoys doing it. Outside of his business, Abdul would like to do great things for himself. He would like to buy a plot of land for his family and eventually build a house.

In this group: Abdul, Ramatu, Isatu, Kadiatu, Marie, Fatamata, Fatmata

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