Fatmata is 48 years old and a widow. Her husband died during the civil war in Sierra Leone and she was left to bring up her three children and two adopted children. She sells palm oil, spices, plastic shoes and other items. Fatmata sells her goods in the villages and at the border of the Republic of Guinea. With her previous loans, she was able to purchase 60 gallons of palm oil a month. She would like to expand the stock of her spices and is therefore requesting a loan of $375 for this purpose.
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.