Alfa started his business with the loans from SMT on a very small scale and was selling few tins of lotions, creams, and artificial hair outside the market. With subsequent loans and profit, Alfa rented a small shop for his business and has had good sales. He will complete his loan installment next month and he would like to access more loans to increase his stock. Alfa is 28 years old and married with a child.
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.