Kadi has been in business for the last 10 years, even during the civil war. She started the business with capital of $100. In 2004, she joined SMT, and has been with the program for four years. Kadi was selling local items such as rice, palm oil, and other agricultural products. With the loans from SMT, her business expanded so much that she decided to open a boutique in the town of Makeni. Kadi would like to establish her business as a wholesale shop and is requesting a loan of $1050. Kadi is married with four children.
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.