Alieu is 57 years old and married with 14 children. He has been running his cow trading business for 30 years but it was interrupted by the civil war. He restarted the business after the war but at a very small scale. He buys and sells cows in Freetown and other towns of Sierra Leone while engaged also in subsistence farming. His previous loans enabled him to expand his business from purchasing and selling 2 cows a month to 4 cows. He would like to expand his business and involve his wife in rearing sheep. He is therefore requesting a $1200 loan.
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.