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Mariam is a teacher at SOS children's village in Makeni, a town in Sierra Leone. 47 years old and with four school-going chidren, Mariam needs additional income to meet her childrens' educational requirements. Mariam diversified her sources of income by establishing a small business selling agricultural products and has been running the business for a year.

She would like to expand her business and hire a part-time attendant to manage the business. She is therefore requesting a loan of Le.1500,000 and will repay the loan from her monthly salary.

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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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 29
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,391,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,895.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD