Pictured here is Momoh, a staff member in one of the sugar-producing companies in Sierra Leone. He has served the sugar company for nine years. A native of Magbass village, the 37-year-old man is married to a businesswoman, and the couple has five children, three of whom are attending primary school. Another child is in secondary school.
In addition to his work at the sugar company, Momoh also makes and sells gara cloth (locally dyed cloth). He has been doing business in cloth for five years, now. He has requested this loan in order to produce more gara cloth, 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.