Here is Alima, a small-scale businesswoman in Kabala, a town in northern Sierra Leone. Alima sells drinks, fried meat, and other cooked/fried foodstuffs. Alima has been a businesswoman for 14 years now. With a loan of 5,000,000 SLL (Sierra Leones leones), Alima will be able to expand her business. She will use it to buy cooking ingredients in a large quantity. This will enable her stop buying such items on a retail basis.
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.