Isatu is 50 years old and married, with 8 children. She started her business with small loan of $40 from SMT. Trading her cosmetics in the village, Isatu generated income to meet her family expenses and invested some profit in the family farm. She would like to expand the cosmetics business so that in the future she can rent a market stall. She is requesting a loan of $350 US.
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.