Samuel is a staff member at one of the sugar producing companies in Sierra Leone. A native of Makeni city, the 43 year old is married to a businesswoman and the couple has five children – two attending primary school and three in secondary school. Samuel has been with his company for 10 years now. In addition to his work at the company, Samuel also sells alcoholic drinks. He has requested this loan to buy more drinks to add to his 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.