A loan of $1,550 helped a member to purchase a piece of land and pay school fees for his children.

Al-Harrkan Islamic Secondary School In Makeni Group's story

Pictured here are teachers of the AL-Harrkan Islamic Secondary School in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone. This group of teachers has come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, to apply for a loan of SLL 6,600,000 in order to meet their immediate financial needs.

AL-Harrkan Islamic Secondary school was founded in 1979 by the Sierra Leone Muslim Youth Cultural Organisation/AL-Harrkan Mission to provide education to the children of Makeni and beyond. The school is staffed with 15 teachers and has an enrollment of 400 pupils. Irrespective of the many hurdles (such as the lack of sufficient buildings – classrooms, a library, a laboratory and inadequate learning and teaching materials), the school has managed to excel in public examinations and has been very competitive in extra-curricular activities like sport, quiz competitions, etc.

Mr. Osman Calla K. (pictured on the right) is the man behind the school’s success. Mr. K. is the principle at the school and leader of the group. With 28 years of experience in the teaching profession, Mr. K. is able to inspire his staff into producing the desired result. Born in Makeni city, Mr. K. is married to a teacher and they have six children – two in secondary school, three in college and one working. Mr. K. has requested this loan in order to purchase a piece of land for the future construction of a house and to pay school fees for his children.

In this group: Osman Calla, Ishmael, Alhaji H.s., Mariama P., John G.

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