Saidu is married with a child. He sells shoes in the town of Kabala in Sierra Leone. Saidu joined SMT in 2004 and has seen his business grow since that time. He would like to continue expanding his business slowly by taking small loans, one at a time. For this reason he is presently requesting a loan of $275. At 27 years old, he believes that he needs to build a bright future for his family; therefore, he wants to start 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.