Salone Microfinance Trust, a partner of Kiva.org, is very pleased to present to you Isatu, a businesswoman from the town of Kabala, in northern Sierra Leone. Isatu is a native of Sinkunia and she is thirty-eight years old. She is married to a businessman and has three children – two are in primary school and one is in secondary school. Isatu sells onions, flour, margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste), sugar, salt, bowls, dishes, etc. She has requested a loan of 5,000,000 Sierra Leonean Leones (SLL) in order to expand her business by buying the above mentioned items in large quantities to add to her current stock.
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.