This is forty-one-year-old Adama. She was born in Freetown and is married to a school teacher. For the past five years, she has sold gara lappers and Bamako lappers, which is locally dyed cloth and cloth dyed in Mali.
Adama is requesting a loan to buy materials such as ink, caustic soda, powder, white cotton cloths, and other items to produce a large quantity of gara lappers to sell. She will use the remainder of her loan to buy Bamako cloth to add to her business.
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.