Meet Abubakarr, a public lorry driver from the town of Kabala in northern Sierra Leone. Born in neighbouing Guinea, the 34-year-old now lives in Kabala town with his wife and two children. His wife is a businesswoman and his children are attending primary school. Abubakarr has requested a loan of 4,000,000.00 Sierra Leonean Leones (SLL) from Kiva lenders in order to buy spare parts to keep his vehicle road-worthy.
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.