Presented to you in the photo is Aminata, a secondary school teacher in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone. Aminata has been a professional teacher for 22 years now. A native of Portloko town in northern Sierra Leone, Aminata is aged 47. She is married to a nurse and the couple has three children together.
Aminata has requested this loan in order to invest it in agriculture. She will use it to buy rice seeds, palm kernel seeds, etc., to plant on her farm. At the end of each month, Aminata will repay the loan, using her monthly salary.
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.