A loan of $4,475 helped a member invest in her start-up business.

Alhadi Primary School Group's story

These are teachers of the Alhadi Primary School in Makeni. It was founded in 1996 by a Lebanese called Rashik. It was primarily established for the propagation of the Shiite Islamic faith. Today, it has a total of 722 pupils, with a staff of 18 teachers.

Alhadi is proud that their pupils are able to make good grades on the National Primary School Exams (NPSE). In sports also, (i.e., for both athletics and soccer), Alhadi is proud that they always emerge victorious among all Islamic schools in Makeni town.

Over the years the school has grown so much that it now lacks adequate furniture and teaching materials. There are not enough benches and desks for the pupils, so they have to squeeze together. In addition to this, teaching materials like textbooks and chalk are also a constrain for this school.

This will be the first loan for teachers of the Alhadi Primary School from SMT (through Kiva). This loan will certainly be of immense help to these teachers. Since salaries are usually small in Sierra Leone, and especially so for people in the teaching profession, they can not use such salaries to buy much or do anything great. But with a loan, they can now buy or do something big and then repay over a period of time. Some of them will use their share to begin or continue building a house, others to pay either for themselves to pursue further studies or pay for their children’s education. Some will use their share to invest in business in order to complement their monthly salaries. And still others will use theirs to buy pieces of furniture.

Fatu M. K. (left) is the head teacher of this school. She was born in Lunsar, Port Loko district, northern Sierra Leone. She is age fifty-five and a widow of four children. All of her children are now grown-ups and are professionals. She has been head teacher of this school for five years now. Fatu will use her Le 1,000,000 loan to invest in business. She will make "gara lappers" (locally dyed cloth, sometimes with fancy designs) to sell in Freetown. Fatu said she wants to get started in business so that once she retires, she will have something to do.

In this group: Fatu M., Fatmata O.*, Mohamed S.o., Abu B.i., Ibrahim M., Samuel I, David D., Adama M., John P., Abu B., Duad A., Saidu D., Elizabeth A., Alhajie, Joseph S.
*not pictured

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