Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva.org in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you Umu, a small-scale entrepreneur who has come to SMT/Kiva lenders to request a loan of 5,000,000 leones to invest in her business.
Umu sells cloth in the city of Kenema, in eastern Sierra Leone. A wife and the mother of three school-going children, this 46-year-old was born in the town of Kabala in northern Sierra Leone, but now lives and sells in the city of Kenema. Umu has requested this loan in order to buy bales of cloth 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.