Pictured above is Sarah, a small-scale entrepreneur from the township of Kabala, in northern Sierra Leone. The 43-year-old Sarah is a native of Kabala. A wife and a mother, Sarah has been a businesswoman for 11 years now. Her husband is a businessman too, and her children are attending primary and secondary schools. Sarah sells medicines. With the help of this loan, she is going to buy a number of medicines to add to her business.
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.