Aminata accessed a previous loan from Kiva, and she is very happy that she completed paying her installments. She purchased gallons of palm oil and rice, and she was able to make a profit. With the profit, Aminata was able to support her jobless husband in meeting some of the family's expenses. Aminata's business is the only source of income for the family, and the loan enabled her to expand it. She is very grateful to Kiva and would like to access another loan of Le.800,000 to continue expanding the business for more 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.