Kadiatu K. and her family thank Kiva for the previous loan of $175. She said that the loan allowed her to expand her business and increase profits, and she now feels independent and powerful. She would like to expand her business even more, and be able to meet her children’s expenses with less difficulties. She is very happy with the loan program and promises to be an honest Kiva client as far as loan repayment is concerned. She is requesting another loan to purchase 3 boxes of fish to expand her business and increase her income.
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.