Meet Abdul, a staff member at one of the sugar-producing companies in Sierra Leone. The 25-year-old is married with one child. He was born in a village called Mamuntha in northern Sierra Leone.
Abdul has worked for the sugar company for five years. In addition to this, he is also a businessman. He has been in business for five years, and he sells rice. With this loan, he is going to buy rice in bulk 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.