Pictured here is Sorie, an entrepreneur, in the township of Kabala in northern Sierra Leone. The 49-year-old was born in Kabala town. He has three children. His wife is a businesswoman and his children are attending primary and secondary schools.
For many years now, Sorie has been selling a wide variety of items including cements, iron corrugated zincs, iron robs, motor-bikes, drinks, etc. Sorie is seeking a loan of SLL 4,500,000 from SMT/Kiva lenders in order to expand his business. With this loan, Sorie will buy a large quantity of construction building materials to add to his shop.
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.