Fatmata is 30 years old and married with 5 children. Fatmata’s business supports her family’s expenses. With her previous loans from SMT, Fatmata has expanded her business and established a selling space in the town of Makeni in Sierra Leone. Before the loans, Fatmata used to hawk from village to village with only one or two dozen plastic sandals.
She would like to expand her business and also construct a better place for the business. She is therefore requesting a loan of $525.
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.