Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a partner of Kiva.org based in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone is very pleases to present to you Gbassay, a primary school teacher in Makeni. Thirty-six year old Gbassay was born in Mamanso village, in northern Sierra Leone. He is married and has one child who is attending primary school. Gbassay has served in the teaching profession for seven years now.
He has requested this loan in order to pay his own college fees. He will use the rest of the loan to buy house-building materials – iron corrugated zincs, nails, cements, rods, etc. for the construction of a house.
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.