Paa Kari M. lives in Makup Bana Village, outside Makeni, and is a village leader. Sixty-five years old, Paa Kari is married and has seven children. His wife assists him in managing their small shop while he is also engaged in subsistence farming. Paa Kari is requesting the loan funds for expanding the variety of goods in his shop to attract more customers.
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.