Mariama is the leader of this group. The 27-year-old is married to a trader, and they have two children. Mariama has been a businesswoman for five years; she sells market food -- rice, onions, pepper, palm oil (the country's most poplar cooking oil), salt, etc. Mariama has applied for this loan in order to buy a large quantity of rice, onions, pepper, palm oil, salt, etc., to add to her current stock.
(Also included in the right of the photo is Edward, loan officer in charge of the group)
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.
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