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Pictured above is Rugiatu, a small scale businesswoman in the city of Makeni, in northern Sierra Leone. Rugiatu sells medicines and packet water. She has been a businesswoman for eight years now.

The thirty-nine year old has requested for a loan of 5,000,000 SLL. With the help of this loan, she will buy more drugs/medicines to add to her pharmacy. Born in Makeni city, Rugiatu is divorced, with two children who are attending primary schools.

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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.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 46
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,068,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,375.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD