This is fifty-year-old Hawa K.. Born in Yogomaia, a village near Kabala, this wife and mother of five children is a small-scale businesswoman in Kabala town. Hawa K. wants a loan of SLL 3,000,000 to invest in her business. She sells husk-rice, ground-nuts, and palm oil. She has been in business for ten years now. Hawa travels to a village called Firawa to buy the goods she sells. With the help of this loan, she will buy husk-rice, groundnuts, and palm oil in large quantity to sell.
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.