In the photo above is Martin. Martin is a primary school teacher in Makeni city, in northern Sierra Leone. The thirty-four year old has served in the teaching profession for nine years now. A native of Makeni city, Martin is married to a student. Martin is pursuing further studies in college. He has requested this loan from SMT/Kiva lenders in order to pay his college fees.
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.