Pictured here is Fatmata S., a small-scale businesswoman in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. This woman is seeking a loan of SLL 4,000,000 from SMT/Kiva in order to expand her business, make more sales, and consequently improve on her standard of living.
Fatmata is 40 years old and is married with six children – five in secondary school and one in primary school. She was born in Yele village. For many years now, she has been selling dried fish. With the help of this loan, she will be able to get at least four more baskets full of dried fish to add to her business.
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.