A loan of $1,625 helped a member invest in business by buying ready-to-wear clothes for women.


Hold Tight Group's story

This is Abibatu B., Mohamed B., Isatu S., Memuna K. and Marie B.. They call their group Hold Tight, a Krio phrase for “Be Firm”. They have received several loans from Kiva through SMT. They always repay their loans in full. Their previous loan was for Le 800,000 each. This helped them a lot. They were able to make a lot of profit from the loan, and thus were able to solve many of their problems. Today, they are requesting a loan of Le 1,000,000 each to add to their businesses.



Abibatu (right) is the leader of this group. She was born in Sanda, a small town in northern Sierra Leone. She is thirty-four years of age, married and a mother of five children between the ages of one and thirteen years. She has been a businesswoman for the past six years now. She sells ready-to-wear clothes for women and "gara lappers" (locally dyed clothes).



With this loan of Le 1,000,000, Abibatu will buy two pieces of "brillians” and more ready read-to-wear clothes for women to add into her business. (One piece of "brillian" is about thirty yards of white cotton used to dye gara clothe).

In this group: Abibatu , Mohamed , Isatu, Memuna , Marie



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