Fatmata is 30 years old and the mother of four children. Her husband is self-employed, providing a taxi service with his motorbike. Before she got a small space in the market for her business, Fatmata was a hawker specializing in making local shampoo. With her first loan she diversified her business and moved into the local market. She now sells her shampoo, other cosmetics and sundries. Both Fatmata and husband are determined to expand their businesses and earn sufficient income to keep providing for their children.
About Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT)
Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) is Kiva’s oldest field partner in Sierra Leone. SMT began operations in 2002 as a microcredit program of the NGO Child Fund Sierra Leone under a USAID program to assist the reintegration of ex combatants back into their communities. Today, SMT offers group, agricultural, individual and salary loans to micro-entrepreneurs through six branches and one sub-branch in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas. By providing small loans and other financial services, SMT empowers poor clients to generate more income to help their families, improve their wellbeing, and create a more vibrant private small-business sector in Sierra Leone.