A loan of $975 helped a member buy house-building materials – cement, nails, and corrugated zinc.


Brima O.'s Group's story

These are teachers at a primary school in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. This school was opened in 1980 by the Inspectorate Office, Makeni. It was opened to give formal education to the children of Yalisanda village. Presently, this school is staffed with 10 teachers and has 319 pupils. This is the first loan these teachers are requesting from SMT/Kiva lenders. 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 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 to 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. Brima O. T., who is pictured on the left, is the leader of this group. He has taught for 32 years now. The 60-year-old Brima was born in Gbanti Kammaranka village. He is married to a businesswoman and they have 6 children – 1 in secondary school and 5 in primary school. Brima is seeking for a loan of SLL 1,000,000 in order to buy house-building materials – cement, nails and corrugated zinc.

In this group: Brima O., Francis F., Sahan , Santigie P., Joseph A.
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