Presented to you in the photo above is Gibrilla, an engineer at a sugar producing company in Sierra Leone. The 36-year-old engineer is married to a businesswoman, and the couple has four children, three of whom are attending primary school while the other is still not of school-going age.
Gibrilla has been working at the sugar company for four years now. In addition to his engineering work, Gibrilla is also a businessman. He sells cosmetics, body lotions, sprays, etc. He has been a businessman for nine years now. With this loan, Gibrilla is going to buy cosmetics, body lotions, sprays, etc., in a larger quantity 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.