This is Thata M., a small scale businesswoman in the town of Kabala, in northern Sierra Leone. Thata is requesting a loan of Le 3,000,000 from Kiva lenders through SMT in order to help her further strengthen her business.
Thata has, earlier on, received Kiva loans as a member of a solidarity group. With the help of those loans, she experienced a vast improvement in her business and personal life. She has been able to support her children in their education, feeding and well being; she has built herself a house with four bedrooms and a parlor and has solved many of her numerous household problems.
Thata is approximately fifty years old. She was born in Kabala town, married a lorry (truck) driver, and they have three children together. Thata sells rice, palm-oil (the most popular cooking oil), beans and groundnuts (peanuts). She has been a businesswoman for over twenty-five years now.
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.