Alie is a primary school teacher in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. Alie is forty-four years old, married and the couple has four children together. His wife is a businesswoman and two of his children are attending primary and secondary school. Alie has been a teacher for ten years now.
He has requested this loan in order to pay school fees for his children. Alie will repay his Kiva loan using his 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.