Rugiatu is 37 years old, married and has two children. She owns a food stall in the market of Dogolia in Sierra Leone. She is not able to contribute to her childrens' education and well-being from the meager salary she earns from her small business. She is requesting a loan of Le 800,000 to expand her business and buy a larger variety and quantity of grocery items to sell in her market stall. Rugiatu is on the left in the photograph.
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.