Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva.org., based in Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you Ramatu, a businesswoman in Koidu, a city in Eastern Sierra Leone. A native of Ninikoro in Koidu, the 33 year-old is married to a civil servant, and the couple has two children who are attending primary school. Ramatu has been a businesswoman for 7 years now. She sells dishes, buckets, spoons, plates, etc. She has requested a loan of 5,000,000 Leones in order to buy the above mentioned items in bulk to add to her current ones.
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.