Pictured here is Mohamed, a staff member at one of the sugar-producing companies in Sierra Leone. A native of Magburaka town in northern Sierra Leone, he is married and has six children. Three of his children are attending primary school, and the others are not of school-going age.
Mohamed has been on the staff at the company for nine years now. In addition to his work at the company, he is also a businessman – he has been a businessman for ten years now. Currently he is selling dried fish. He is going to use this loan to buy a large quantity of fish 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.