Pictured above is Saio, a petty businesswoman from the town of Kabala, in northern Sierra Leone. Saio sells market foodstuff like margi (used to give sauce a sweet taste) salt, pepper, etc. The 27-year-old native of Kabala town has been a businesswoman for six years now. Saio is married and has two children who are attending primary school. With the help of this loan, Saio is going to buy margi, salt, pepper, etc. in bulk to add to her current stock.
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.