Five Sisters Group
Martha and her family live in the New Matadi community, and she works in New Matadi Peace Market which is about 15 minutes from downtown Monrovia. She was never able to go to school herself due to lack of financial support from her parents.
Martha’s business is the sale of dry fish. She buys fresh fish from fishermen, then dries the fish and sells it. She has been running this business for 32 years and hopes to own a bigger business in the near future. Martha started selling with a small amount of money from her late husband. She has been facing problems recently with the high prices of goods and too many vendors with the same business in the New Matadi Peace Market.
She talks to her customers in a friendly manner in order to encourage them to continue buying from her. Martha needs this loan to purchase additional fish. She dreams of giving her children the best support in every positive thing they are involved in.
In the photo that accompanies this profile, Martha is the one holding the sign.
The Local Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP) is Liberia's largest and oldest continuously operating microfinance institution with 13 branches across the country. Founded in 1994, the non-profit organization has survived periods of civil war and severe socio-economic hardship. LEAP seeks to help rebuild post-conflict Liberia through its group and individual loans to micro- and small-scale entrepreneurs, and puts emphasis on lending to women.
Note on LEAP:During routine partner monitoring, Kiva learned that LEAP's delinquency data may be understated due to technical problems with their reporting software. Because this report is key to our analysis of the risk of this partner, delinquency or default rates on loans to this partner may be higher than we expect. For further details, see LEAP’s partner page on Kiva.
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