A loan of $5,950 helped a member to buy house-building materials like iron corrugated zinc, sand, nails, cement, rods, etc., for the construction of a dwelling house.


Abu B.'s Group's story

Pictured above are teachers of a primary school in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. This group of teachers has come to SMT, a partner of Kiva.org, to apply for a loan of 25,700,000 Sierra Leone leones for the entire team. With the help of this loan, this group of teachers will be able to buy or invest in things that they would not otherwise be able to buy or invest in left with their salaries alone. Some usually use these loans to buy plots of land, house-building materials, to pay school fees for their children, to buy pieces of furniture, etc. And at the end of each month, they use their monthly salaries to repay the loan. It is their school’s bursar who is directly responsible for doing the deductions and making the repayments on their behalf.

Abu is the leader of this group. The 42-year-old is married to a trader, and the couple has six children who are attending primary and secondary schools. Abu has been a teacher for 17 years now. He has requested this loan in order to buy house-building materials like iron corrugated zinc, sand, nails, cement, rods, etc., for the construction of a dwelling house.

(Attached on the right of the photo are pictures of Abu Bakarr and Fatmata, who are members of the group but were not present for a group photo.)

In this group: Abu B., James A., John P., Isatu , Abdul Naserr, Augusta F., Duad A., Elizabeh A., Fatu M., Jariatu M., Fatmata O., Abu Bakarr, Samuel I., Nabieu Y.



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