Total loan: $2,750

Al-Harrkan Primary School, Kabala Group

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Kabala, Northern Province, Sierra Leone / Education

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Al-Harrkan Primary School, Kabala Group's story

These are teachers of the AL-Harrkan primary school in Kabala, a town in northern Sierra Leone. Established in September 1999, the school has 16 paid teachers, 8 community supported teachers, and 513 pupils. Twelve of these teachers have applied for a loan of SLL 10,700,000 from SMT/Kiva lenders. This will be the first loan this group of teachers will be accessing a loan from Kiva lenders. School staff from this institution, like many other schools' staff within SMT’s operational areas, comes to SMT to apply for loans. With the help of these loans, they can accomplish certain tasks that they would otherwise not have been able to accomplish with their mere salaries alone. But with the help of this loan, some can pay school fees for their children; others can use the loan to buy pieces of furniture, a plot of land, house-building materials, or invest in business. At the end of each month, these teachers can repay the loan out of their monthly salaries. The institution’s bursar is directly responsible for deducting the repayment and pays SMT on their behalf. Lansana S. (pictured back row on the left) is the head teacher at the school and leader of this group. The 51-year-old is married with twelve children who are attending primary and secondary schools respectively. Lansana has been a teacher for over thirty years. With his share of this loan, he will pay school fees for his children and buy house equipment/furniture. (Also included in the photo is loan officer, Mary Conteh, who is pictured second row left.)