Mariama M. is 33 years old and married with two children. She owns a small general store in the town of Makeni. Her business income supports the family expenses, especially paying house rent.
Mariama would like to build a good future for her children, and is therefore requesting a loan of Le.3000000 ($US1,050) to expand her business and increase the family 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.