A loan of $1,225 helped a member pay children's school fees and other expenses.

B.d.e.c Home Ecomonics Group's story

These ladies are staff members of the B.D.E.C. Home Economics Primary school in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone. B.D.E.C Home Economics Primary school was founded by Mrs. Rodger K. S. to assist the children of Makeni and its environs, teaching "the art of managing the home and thyself". The school is staffed with twelve teachers, all of whom are female.

They teach pupils who are already in classes five and six from all schools in Makeni and beyond. Each school in town will bring their pupils to B.D.E.C Home Economics on a fixed day of the week for lessons. Among the subjects they teach are: home management; child care; Family and Life Education (F.L.E.); agriculture; clothing and textiles; food and nutrition, and so on.

The school is proud that pupils writing the subjects they teach always come with good grades on the National Primary School Exams (N.P.S.E). Since the school caters for pupils from all primary schools in Makeni and beyond, space has become their great challenge – they only have one building of about six classrooms. To add to their problems, the only toilet they had has been stolen. They are now looking to the government to buy them another, a process that might take donkey’s years.

This is the first loan B.D.EC Home Economics is borrowing from SMT (through Kiva). With this loan, they will be able to do something meaningful. Gradually, they will repay it out of their meager monthly salaries. Teachers are among the lowest paid workers in Sierra Leone, and with such small salaries, they could not do or buy anything big. With a loan, some of them can buy pieces of furniture; some will pay either their children’s school fees or pay for themselves to pursue further studies; others will use their share of the loan to either start building a house or to complete the building process; and others will use theirs in business to supplement their monthly salaries.

Alen F. (middle) is the head teacher of this school. Alen was born in Kamakwe, which is about fifty-five miles from Makeni. She is forty-eight years of age, married with three children. Alen will use her share of the loan to pay her children’s school fees. Once this is done, it will be a great relief to her she told me, for she will not have to scratch her head again over where to get the funds to pay for them.

In this group: Alen, Umu S., Sallay, Mary J., Matilda M.

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