Meet Edward, a staff member at one of the sugar producing companies in Sierra Leone. He has been working for this company for 10 years now. Born in 1961 in the northern headquarter town of Makeni, Edward is married to a farmer and the couple has four children who are attending primary and secondary schools respectively. Edward has requested this loan in order to invest in agriculture. He will use it specifically to hire labourers.
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.