In the picture above is Patrick, who is a businessman in the city of Kenema, in Eastern Sierra Leone. Patrick is a native of Kenema city. A 58-year-old husband and father, Patrick sells medicine. He has been in this business for eight years now. His wife is a nurse and four of his children are attending primary and secondary schools. Patrick has requested this loan from Kiva lenders in order to buy a large quantity of medicinal drugs to add to his drug store.
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.