Pictured here is Samuel, a staff member at a sugar producing company in Sierra Leone. He is a pH operator, checking the pH levels of the different products produced from sugar canes. He has worked at this company for nine years now. The 45 year old is a native of Masagble Village. He is married to a businesswoman and the couple has six children – two in primary school, two in secondary and two of pre-school age. Samuel has requested this loan in order to pay fees for a house plan.
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.