Pictured here is Mariama, a petty businesswoman in Kenema, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. A native of Kenema, the 48-year-old is a widow with eight children, seven of whom are attending primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
Mariama has been a businesswoman for many years now. One of her greatest successes is educating her children. And her greatest challenge is transportation.
Hiring a vehicle to transport the timber to the market remains a big challenge for Mariama. But she is very optimistic that this is a challenge she will overcome, as success is her dream.
Mariama has requested a loan of 4,000,000 Leones in order to buy more timber 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.