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Abu
Presented to you in the photo above is Abu, a machine operator at a sugar producing company in Sierra Leone. The 31-year-old machine operator is married to a businesswoman and the couple has four children, one of whom is attending primary school; the rest are still not of school-going age.

Abu has been working at the sugar company for six years now. With this loan, Abu is going to buy house-building materials like corrugated iron sheets, cement, nails, etc. for the construction of a dwelling house for his family.

Additional Information

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.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 26
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,245,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,280.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Abu to buy house-building materials like corrugated iron sheets, cement, nails, etc. for the construction of a dwelling house for his family.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 11, 2013
Listed
Apr 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Feb 17, 2014