Presented to you in the photo is Kadiatu, a primary school teacher in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone. Kadiatu has been a professional teacher for 10 years now. A native of Portloko town in northern Sierra Leone, Kadiatu is age 31. She is married to a teacher, and the couple has two children together.
Kadiatu has requested for this loan in order to pay her college fees. At the end of each month, Kadiatu will then 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.