Here is Fatu, a small-scale businesswoman in Kabala, a town in northern Sierra Leone. Fatu sells palm oil, salt, tomatoes, etc. She has been a businesswoman for 20 years now. With a loan of 2,000,000 SLL (Sierra Leone leones), she will buy palm oil, salt, tomatoes, etc., in bulk to add to her current stock.
Fatu is a native of Kabala town. She is married to a clerk, and the couple has three children who are attending tertiary institutions.
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.