Alusine K. was born in Kabala, in northern Sierra Leone. Alusine is forty-two years of age, married with five children. Alusine sells local produce such as rice, ground-nuts and beans. He also serves as a storekeeper in Kabala town market. With the previous loans from SMT, Alusine has seen a lot of improvements in his life. With previous loans, he has been able to buy a plot of land, educate his children and solve most of his domestic problems. Having repaid the last loan successfully, he is now requesting a new loan to further strengthen his business and improve his standard of living.
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.