Mohamed M., 29, is married and has 3 children. Mohamed started tailoring as an apprentice in his uncle’s shop. After learning, he established his own shop with one machine. With loans from SMT, Mohamed purchased three more sewing machines and also got some apprentices to work with him. He makes African dresses and has many customers. He also trains some interested youth. Mohamed’s business increased his income, and he has rented a shop for his work in Kabala, Sierra Leone. Mohamed would like to establish a tailoring training center because many youth in the town would like to learn the skill. But he doesn't have enough sewing machines to meet the demand. He is requesting a loan of Le.2, 500,000 ($850) to purchase materials and sewing machines.
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.