Total loan: $4,525

Frank Nero's Group

Lunsar, Northern Province, Sierra Leone / Education

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A loan helped To pay college fees for his children.

Frank Nero's Group's story

Pictured here are teachers from the Our Lady of Gaudalupeh Primary School in Lunsar, a town in northern Sierra Leone. This school was opened in 1960 by the Catholics to boost education in Lunsar town and it environs. Presently, the school has 36 teachers and 1,200 pupils. Over the years, Guadalupeh Primary School, which is the only girls primary school in Lunsar town, has scored a lot of successes. Last academic year, for example, the school came in first in the National Primary Schools Examination (NPSE) for the whole Northern Province, and third for the entire country. This is the first loan this school is accessing from Kiva through SMT. School staff from this institution, like many other schools' staff within SMT’s operational areas, come to SMT to apply for loans. With the help of these loans, they can accomplish certain tasks that they would otherwise not be 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 they can 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. Fifty-six-year-old Frank N. K. (back row right) is the headmaster at the school and has been a teacher for 32 years. He was born in Yele village, Tonkolili district, northern Sierra Leone. He is married with 8 children – 7 biological and 1 foster child. Frank’s wife is a cook and his children are attending schools – 3 in primary school, 2 in secondary school and 3 in college. Mr. K. has applied for this loan in order to pay college fees for his children.