Pictured above is Alpha, a small-scale businessman in the township of Kabala, in northern Sierra Leone. Born in Kabala town, the 32 year-old husband and father of 2 children bakes and sells breads. He is also a motor-bike taxi driver. Alpha has been baking and selling breads for 10 years now. He has requested a loan of SLL 5,000,000 from SMT/Kiva lenders in order to buy baking flour to make more bread for sale.
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.