A loan of $1,100 helped a member buy stock for small-scale business of selling goods.


Fawe Grafton Primary School Group's story

These are some of the teachers of the FAWE (Forum for African Women Education) Grafton Primary School, located a short distance outside of Freetown. The school was established in 1992 and now serves nearly 300 pupils with a staff of only 9 teachers. These select teachers are seeking a loan of 4.1 million LE from SMT (a partner of Shine On Sierra Leone, Waterloo) and Kiva lenders.


Many teachers in Sierra Leone do not earn enough wages to support themselves and their families, so they conduct side businesses or invest in additional projects (often managed by friends or family members). These teachers are requesting loans for a variety of reasons, including buying stock for market stalls, paying school fees for their children, and doing construction or repairs on their homes.


Jeneba B. is the senior teacher at the school and the leader of the group. She is 36 years old and is married to a police officer. They have three children together who attend school. In addition to teaching her classes, for the past two years Jeneba has kept a small supply of goods such as cigarettes, pens, and bar soaps which she sells after school.

In this group: Jeneba, Anges , Fatmata J. , Hawa H., Augusta A.



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