NSHUPU - Ekaely Elibariki makes her daily trek to a local farm where she purchases bananas and avocados and then resells them. Some buyers are at the Precious campus, others are local villagers or at the Leganza bus station. The small profit she pockets helps provide for herself and children.
Ekaely is part of a savings and loan women's group that meets weekly at the Precious Community Center to pool contributions, repay loans, and vote on who will receive a round of loans. The women create their own by-laws and terms and conditions, such as interest rates. Precious Project provided the original seed money to get the group going. Most of the loans provide seed funding to start or expand a micro-business, like Ekaely's business. Sometimes the loans are used for school tuition fees or unanticipated expenses like medicine. One hundred percent of the loans are paid back with accrued interest that goes toward future loans for other women.
One of Ekaely’s four children is Precious Class Four student, Noela Elibariki, pictured in the above photo. Noela has been a Precious student since 2015 when she was a kindergartener at the original Precious pre-school. Ekaely lives with her three children and husband, who is a carpenter, in a partially built home. The construction was never completed due to financial hardships. Although she is not making enough to complete the house's construction, her income is significantly making a difference to her family.
Meet the Team
Sarah Joseph Shehemba
Madam Sarah teaches the 'Baby Class' at the Precious English Medium School. She holds a Certificate of Education and has over 13 years of teaching experience. One aspect of Precious Sarah appreciates are the educational opportunities provided to the faculty, which has helped improve their teaching methods. She also notices students with learning challenges now feelimg equal with their peers. Sarah says, "Precious gives hope for those who lost their hope because of poverty, sickness, and other family issues."