A loan of $775 helped a member to pay college fees for her children.


Bdec Hec Group's story

Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT), a Kiva partner in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, is pleased to present to you the teachers of the B.D.E.C Home Economics school in Makeni. B.D.E.C Home Economics was established in 1978 to help fight gender disparity. The school is staffed with thirteen teachers and children between the classes of five and six from all primary schools in Makeni attend the school on alternate days of the week.

These hardworking and dedicated teachers have come to SMT, to seek a loan of SLL 3,000,000. This is not the first SMT loan that these teachers have benefited from: previous loans have made a lot of improvements in the lives of these borrowers.

Helen F. (pictured second from the right) is the headmistresses and leader of this group of teachers. She is age forty-nine and has been in the teaching profession for twenty-four years now. She is married to a lecturer and they have four children, all of whom are in college. With the help of this loan, Helen and her colleague teachers will be able to pay school and college fees for their children.

Attached to this photo is a snapshot of a borrower who was not able to be present for the group photo.

In this group: Helen, Salamatu P., Umu J., Sallay, Maseray, Elizabeth K,, Mary J., Matilda M'balu
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