Here is Princilla T. S., a small-scale businesswoman in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. Princilla sells tailoring materials. She has been in this business for 12 years now. She has requested a loan of SLL 5,000,000.00 from SMT/Kiva lenders. With this loan, she will buy more goods to add to her business--threads, zippers, lace, poplins, etc. Princilla was born in Makeni. She is married to a trader, and the couple has three 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.