Pictured here is Idrissa. The 34-year-old was born in Tonkolili district, northern Sierra Leone. He is married to a civil servant and the couple has two children who are attending primary school. For three years now, Idrissa has been selling chains, bracelets, make-up, hair dyes, earrings, etc. Idrissa is requesting a loan of SLL 3,000,000 for the first time from SMT/Kiva lenders in order to further expand his business. With this loan, he will buy the abovementioned items in wholesale to add to his existing stock.
Though capital has always been a great challenge for Idrissa, he is proud that, out of the little profit he makes from his daily sales, he is in the process of erecting a dwelling house for his family. Idrissa’s dream is to become a great and influential businessman.
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.