Dora S. is 35 years old and married with 5 children. She owns a small shop in the town of Makeni in Sierra Leone. Her husband serves as a local court clerk, and Dora has to earn an income to supplement his meager income. She started her business by selling in the open air market, and with previous loans she managed to rent a small shop. Her plan is to increase her stock and diversify the business. She is therefore requesting a $300 loan.
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.