Here is Ahmed, a small scale businessman in Kabala, a town in Northern Sierra Leone. Ahmed sells calendars and tissues. He has been doing this business for many years now. With a loan of 6,000,000 Sierra Leonean Leones, Ahmed will be able to buy more calendars and tissues to add to his business. Ahmed is single with one child attending primary school.
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.