This is 45-year-old Mohamed S.. Born in a village call Malal Mara, in northern Sierra Leone, this husband and father of eight children is a businessman with a small-scale business in Makeni city. His wife is a businesswoman too and three of his children are attending either primary or secondary schools.
Mohamed has been selling shoes for twenty-two years now. His shoes business has enjoyed a massive growth, thanks to previous SMT/Kiva loans. Nevertheless, he is still not complacent; having repaid his last loan successfully, he now wants a new loan of SLL 3,000,000 in order to further improve his business.
With the help of this SLL 3,000,000 loan, Mohamed will be able to buy at least a bale of shoes to add to his 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.