A loan of $4,300 helped a member buy house-building materials like corrugated iron zinc, boards, stick and nails.

Wcsl Mabanta/makama Group's story

These are teachers of the WCSL Mabanta/Makama Primary Schools. These schools, WCSL Mabanta and WCSL Makama, were established by the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone. Since both schools from the villages of Mabanta and Makama operate on the same payroll, they have merged to seek a loan from Kiva through SMT.

This will be the second loan WCSL Mabanta will be receiving from Kiva through SMT. The previous loan that WCSL Mabanta received from Kiva through SMT created a tremendous impact in the lives of these teachers. Because of the successes of the first loan to the teachers of WCSL Mabanta, WCSL Makama from the next village has decided to join their colleagues in seeking a loan from SMT.

WCSL Mabanta was established in 1970 to give formal training to the children of Mabanta village and its environs. Over the years, this school has produced a great number of lecturers, teachers, and many other professionals in different walks of life. Presently, the school has 368 pupils with a staff of 10 teachers.

With this loan, some of these teachers will start a small business and those who are already running small businesses will invest the loan into their business. Some of the staff members will be using the loan to buy pieces of furniture, others to pay either for their children in their education or pay for themselves to pursue further studies. Others will use their loan in home-building projects.

Fifty-three year old Solomon S. K. (right) is the headmaster at the school. He was born in a village called Rogbin. He is married with three children – two of whom are in Junior Secondary Schools I (JSS I) and the eldest is in a Teachers Training College pursuing a Higher Teachers’ Certificate. Solomon will use his loan to buy house-building materials like corrugated iron zinc, boards, stick and nails. Solomon’s greatest desire is to see the completion of the house he is constructing. Being able to complete building his house will relieve him of the many problems tenants suffer at the hands of landlords, he told me.

In this group: Solomon S., David B., Isatu A., Teresa, John, Noah, Alusine B., Susan K., Alpha B.s, Amara L.*, John S., Mary P., James Y., Joseph F., Alfred B.
*not pictured

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