A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy a plot of land for constructing a house.


A Primary School In Makeni Ii Group's story

These are teachers of a Primary School in Makeni. Their school was built in 1985 to help educate the children of Makeni city and its surrounding villages. The school has a total of twelve staff and 450 pupils.

Teachers are one of the lowest paid workers in Sierra Leone. Because of this, many of them find other additional means of making a living. Some engage in businesses or agriculture and others organized extra classes for the pupils (though this is a practice the government is trying to abolish). Teachers therefore seek a loan in order to embark on meaningful projects and then, out of their monthly salaries, they gradually repay the loan.

Mabel C. (second from right) is a senior teacher at the school and head of this group. She is age forty-five. She was born in Matamp village in the Tonkolili district, in northern Sierra Leone. She is married to a teacher and they have four children together. One of her children is already a grown-up and training as a lab technician, while two others (the twins) are in Junior Secondary School III (JSS III) and the last is in JSS I.

Mabel has been a teacher for over twenty-five years now. She will use this loan to buy a piece of land for the purpose of constructing a house. Buying a plot of land will improve her life, she told me. With subsequent loans, and with the little she has and will be saving, she will be able to build her house. She needs a home for her children and for her old age.

In this group: Mabel, Isatu, Kadiatu B., Hawanatu



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