Isatu K. is forty years old with two children. She lives in Momunta, one kilometer away from Magburaka town in Sierra Leone. Married to a subsistence farmer, Isatu runs a small business at her home by the roadside selling foodstuffs. That income supplements the food from her garden and provides for other family expenses. Isatu would like to access a loan of $200 in order to expand her inventory and diversify into additional items.
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.