Thirty years old, Zainab has been a businesswoman for barely a year now. She decided to augment her nursing profession with little petty trading in order to supplement her meager monthly salary. Zainab was born in Yele village, in northern Sierra Leone. She is married with two children. One of her children is in junior secondary school and the other in primary school.
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.
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