A loan of $475 helped a member to purchase more goods for his general store.


Help Yourself Group's story

Ballah K. is a leader of a five-member loan group called "Help Yourself." He is 40 years old and married. He has 5 children, ages 8-20 years old, whose educational levels range from kindergarten to 8th grade. Ballah dropped out of school in 6th grade due to poverty. He and his family live and work on the Kebbah Road in Barnersville, north of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Ballah has a general store.He buys consumer goods, such as body cream, bath soaps,batteries, and food, in wholesale quantities and sells then retail from a table to the residents of Kebbah, Barnersville, Monrovia, Liberia. He has been running this business for 10 years and hopes to improve it in the future by importing consumer goods into Liberia . To encourage customer to continue to patronize his business, Ballah talks to customers in politely and never gets angry when customers misbehave. He started his business with LD$150.00 from his savings and money from selling charcoal. He needs this loan to purchase more consumer goods to improve his business. Ballah dreams of providing a better education for his children and building a house for them in the future.

In this group: Ballah, Vera, Henrietta, Hannah, Jestina
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