Aminata K. is forty-five years of age and married with six children. Aminata runs a dried fish business in the market in Magburaka town in Sierra Leone. Her previous loan from SMT helped her buy fish wholesale and now she sells both wholesale and retail. She would like an additional loan to enable her buy more fish and sell even more wholesale. Her goal is to continue to provide her children with education and other basic needs. Eventually, she also would like to build a mud brick house for herself and her 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.