Pictured above is Isatu, a primary school teacher in Makeni city, in northern Sierra Leone.
The twenty-eight year old has served in the teaching profession for seven years. Isatu is married to a teacher and the couple has three children: one attends secondary school and the others are not of school going age.
Isatu has requested this loan to pay school fees for her child and to buy house building materials like zinc, sand, nails, cements, etc. for the construction of a house. At the end of each month, Isatu 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.