A loan of $1,775 helped a member to pay college fees.

Alhadi Primary School, Magburaka Group's story

Pictured here are teachers from the Alhadi Primary School in Magburaka, a town in northern Sierra Leone. This school was opened in 2002 by Sheik Hassan Mohamed K. to give both Arabic and Western education to the children of Magburaka town. Presently, the school has 7 teachers and 233 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 otherwise not be 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 invest in a 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.

42-year-old Paul A. C. (right) is the deputy headmaster at the school. He has been a teacher for seven years now. He was born in Matunkara village about 12 miles away from Magburaka town. He is married with nine children – five in secondary school and four in primary school. Paul is currently doing a distance-learning course and he is in his third and final year. He will like to use his share of this loan to pay for his final year's course.

(Attached to this photo are some snapshots of borrowers who were not able to be present for the group photo).

In this group: Paul A., John Y., Amadu I., Adama V., Beatrice B., Hassan M., Paul, Osman M.m.

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