For 15 years Dehkontee has been selling coconuts at the Red Light Market which is the largest market in Liberia. She sells very good quality coconuts which keeps customers returning.
Dehkontee plans to use her 8,000 Liberian dollar portion of this 40,000 Liberian dollar group loan to buy more coconuts. Her goal is to expand her business and improve her living conditions.
In the photo that accompanies this profile, Dehkontee is the one holding the sign. Oretha B. is inset at lower left.
The Local Enterprise Assistance Program (LEAP) is Liberia's largest and oldest continuously operating micro-finance institution with thirteen 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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