Stories tagged with Sierra Leone

Dec 12, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

By Adam Grenier, KF6 Sierra Leone

In May 2008, Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) launched an agricultural loan product to clients in the remote farming villages surrounding the city of Kabala, Sierra Leone. The agricultural loan product is designed to stimulate the agribusiness sector. The loan provides subsistence farmers with a capital infusion into their farms for the purpose of increasing their production. Most commonly, the capital is used to purchase seeds, fertilizer and labor. These are the inputs, so to speak. With more inputs,...

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Nov 11, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

By Adam Grenier, KF6 Sierra Leone

Excerpt from recent conversation with Archibald Shodeke, Finance Manager, SMT:

Archibald:  “Would...

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Oct 10, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

After weeks of mental and physical preparation, I have finally arrived in Sierra Leone.  My Kiva Fellowship brings me to Salone Microfinance Trust (heretofore referred to as “SMT”).  Over the next few months, I will share on-the-ground insight of Sierra Leone, educate on SMT’s business model and convey stories about SMT’s wonderful employees.  But first, I’d like to share a story about my arrival to Makeni.

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Sep 9, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

Everyone can breathe easy again.  After a brief hiatus between Kiva Fellow rotations, you will be experiencing again soon the joys of reading fresh, new blogs from the field in Sierra Leone.  Hi, I’m Adam Grenier and I’m your new Kiva Fellow heading to Sierra Leone, Africa.  You will witness this exciting adventure thru my eyes.  I hope you enjoy it.

Sierra Leone is located on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Guinea in the northeast, Liberia in the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest.  Want to see it on a world map?  Check this out.

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Jul 7, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

 

Musa Kamara is a simple man.  He lives in small hut in a remote region of the Sierra Leone jungle.  He lives with his wife and daughter under a palm-branch roof that he built himself.  For food he grows a few vegetables in his garden and hunts his own bushmeat.  Musa gets almost everything he needs for his family from the jungle.  Maybe you would...

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Jul 7, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

 

“Jalloh, you alive?”

“Yes, Nick… of course.”

“Oh, Jalloh, Jalloh, Jalloh! I think it’s time to get out of here.”...

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Jun 6, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

I’ve been in Sierra Leone now for about 6 days.  It feels like I’ve been here for about 6 months.  Not in a bad way, though.  It’s just a very intense experience.  Minus the unrelenting sweating it’s quite nice.  It’s kind of like a bare-bones boot camp in the jungle, but instead of a screaming drill sergeant there are a lot of excited little African kids waving at you.  Getting a feel for this place is all in...

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Jun 6, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

When I tell people that I am heading to Sierra Leone for the summer to do microfinance I usually end up getting the following three questions: 1) Aren’t they killing each other over there?  2) Did you choose Sierra Leone?  3) Are you crazy? 

So I thought I’d kick off my first post to the...

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