Pictured here is Marie K., a small-scale businesswoman in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. Born in Makeni city about 56 years ago, Marie is married to a trader and the couple has one child.
Marie sells drinks and DVD players. She has been a businesswoman for seven years now. With a loan of 5,000,000 Sierra Leone leones, she will expand her business by buying more drinks and DVD players to add to her current ones.
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.