Thirty year old Isata T. is married with three children. She started her business five years ago. She sells items such as macaroni, tomato paste, and chicken stock. With her profit, she assists her husband in meeting some of the family expenses. She is interested in expanding her business and in the future would like to rent a small grocery shop in the town of Magburaka, in Sierra Leone. She is therefore requesting a loan of $350 to fulfill her dream.
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.