A loan of $4,175 helped a member buy construction materials to complete house.

Rc Primary School, Binkolo Group's story

These are staff members of the RC Primary School, Binkolo. RC Primary School is located in Binkolo village about six miles from Makeni City. The school was built by Plan International, a non-governmental organization in 1980 but now run by the Catholic Mission in Binkolo village. The school has a total of fourteen dedicated staff on their payroll and 514 pupils. Others from neighboring schools or feeder schools near Binkolo village have joined RC Primary School Binkolo to apply for this loan making the total number of applicants seventeen.

SMT/Kiva gives loans to teachers and other professional workers in Sierra Leone in order to invest in something meaningful. Salaries are usually too small for these people, making it very difficult to do anything big with it. But with a loan, they will be able to buy a piece of land or house-building materials. Some will pay school fees either for themselves to pursue further studies or for their children. Some will use the loan to buy pieces of furniture like a bed or chairs. And others will invest in a business or add to their wives’ businesses. Each month, their school’s bursar will deduct their repayment out of their monthly salaries and repay SMT/Kiva.

David L. K. (second row right) is the headmaster at the school. David L. K. was born in Mankoreh village about nine miles from Makeni City. He is age 62 and married with 12 children. One of his children is in university, five in senior secondary schools, four in junior secondary school and two in primary schools. David has been a headmaster of this school since 1984. David will use his loan to complete the house he is currently building. He will buy bags of cement, sand, gallons of paints, and hard boards. Asked what impact this loan will create in his life, Mr. K. told me that he felt somehow alleviated, and economically uplifted. “At least”, he continued, “I will be able to leave a legacy for my family by building them a house”.

In this group: David L., Davidson S., Dominic S., Victor S., Ibrahim P., Ibrahim S., Andrew S., Sorie S., Martin B., Mrs. Senthoh L., Donald E.t., Samuel D.s.*, Erickson H., Jeremiah Y., Mark S., Robert F., Isidore F.
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