A loan of $2,025 helped a member buy house-building materials like cement and corrugated zinc.


Mariatu's Group's story

These are teachers of a primary school in Lunsar, a small town in northern Sierra Leone. This school was opened in 1935 by the Catholics. Presently, this school is staffed with eighteen teachers and has 549 pupils.

This is the first loan this school is accessing 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 not have been able to accomplish with their 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.

Mariatu K. is the leader of this group of teachers. She has been a teacher for twenty years now. The 42-year-old Mariatu was born in Lunsar, a small town in northern Sierra Leone. She is a widow with three children who are attending school -- one in university, one in secondary school, and the other in primary school. Mariatu is seeking a loan of SLL 1,500,000 in order to buy house-building materials like cement and corrugated zinc.

In this group: Mariatu , John Aruna , Alpha P., Salamatu , Olando L., Abdul H., Alfred D., Fatmata , Joseph, Adama A.
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