Kadiatu K. is running a small business in the market of Magburaka, in Sierra Leone. Her husband is also a petty trader in the same town. The couple work together to make ends meet. Previously Kadiatu was engaged in selling onions and some vegetables. With her previous loan, she diversified her business by including tomato paste, cooking oil, rice and curry powder. At forty two years of age, with three children, her dream is to provide them with the best education. She said she would like a loan of $175 to allow her to purchase the business items on wholesale to make more profit.
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.