In the photo is Abdulai. He is a small-scale businessman based in Kenema, a city in Eastern Sierra Leone. This is the first loan this entrepreneur is accessing from SMT/Kiva lenders. With the help of this loan, Abdulai will be able to expand his businesses, make more profit and consequently improve his standard of living.
Abdulai was born in Tongo, a town about 15 miles from Kenema city. Abdulai is single with one child who is attending primary school. He has been a businessman for six years now. He sells mobile phones and mobile phone accessories. With the help of this loan, he is going to buy mobile phones and mobile phone accessories to add to his 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.