Aminata S. is a 35-year-old small scale businesswoman who lives in Mile Ninety One, a small town in northern Sierra Leone. Aminata sells rice and drinks from her store. She has been working in this business for 10 years now. With the requested loan of SLL 3,000,000, she plans to buy more rice and drinks wholesale to grow her business.
Aminata is a native of Matotoka village. She is married to a lorry driver and the couple has 3 children – 1 in primary school and the others in secondary school. She is the first Kiva borrower from this township.
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.