Presented to you in the photo above is Rosaline, a primary school teacher in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone. Rosaline has been a professional teacher for thirty-two years. A native of Bombali district, in northern Sierra Leone, Rosaline is a widow with three children; two are in college.
Rosaline has requested this loan to pay her children’s college fees and to buy house building materials for the completion of a house she is building. At the end of each month, Rosaline 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.