Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva.org in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you Hassan, a small-scale entrepreneur from Matotoka, a village in northern Sierra Leone. A native of Matotoka village, the 47-year-old is married to a trader and the couple has 6 children – 2 in primary school and 2 in secondary school.
Hassan sells market food and drinks. He has been a businessman for over 5 years now. Hassan has requested this loan in order to buy 20 crates of soft drinks, beer, and stout. He will also use part of the loan to buy 15 pairs of dishes 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.