Alhaji B. is a young man trying to improve his livelihood through business. At the age of 25, Alhaji is managing a general store in Kabala town of Sierra Leone. His previous loan from SMT diversified his business and he was able to construct the kiosk for the shop from the profit. With his profits, he supports his parents. He is requesting for an additional loan to expand the business further.
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.