Kadiatu is married with two children. She started her business three years ago and has expanded it with the loans from SMT. She sells her goods on the veranda in the kabala town of Sierra Leone. Kadiatu, twenty one years old and a young woman, has a long way to go to improve her economic status. Her dream is to rent a kiosk in the market and is therefore requesting a loan for the purpose and also to increase her stock.
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.