Manso is 35 years old and is the father of four children. He started his business three years ago and since then he has been accessing loans from SMT. He owns 8 machines that process peanut butter and cassava leaves in the Kabala market in Sierra Leone. With his previous loans Manso purchased 4 additional machines and hired 4 youths to assist in the business. He would like to purchase 2 more machines and bags of peanuts with the loan. He would also like to diversify his business by including sesame, rice and palm oil. For these purposes, he is requesting a loan of $1,200.
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.