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Theresa, 38, is married to a businessman, and the couple has a child who is attending primary school. A native from Bo in southern Sierra Leone, she and her family live in the eastern city of Kenema.

For the past five years Theresa has sold fabric. She is applying for a 4,000,000 SLL loan from SMT in order to buy more bolts of fabric to add to her current stock.

With the help of this loan, Theresa will be able to take better care of her child and overcome some of the many challenges she is currently facing.

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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
  • 47
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,355.3
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD