Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a Kiva partner based in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is very pleased to present to you Patrick, a primary schoolteacher in Makeni. Forty-nine-year-old Patrick was born in Makeni. He is married and has five children. His wife is a businesswoman, and his children are attending primary and secondary schools.
Patrick has served in the teaching profession for ten years now. He has requested this loan in order to invest in agriculture. He will be buying seeds to plant on his farm.
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.