A loan of $850 helped a member to buy clothes, fabric, thread, and linen.

Blessing Children Group's story

Watta K. is 40 years old and married with three children whose ages range from nine to 18 years old. Her children are all in school, with the youngest in fifth grade and the oldest a freshman in the university. Watta herself was never able to go to school and has difficulty reading and writing.

Watta started her business selling cloth, fabric, thread, and linen about 21 years ago with $40 U.S. in starter capital provided by her father as a wedding gift. Watta sells at the Red Light Market, a bustling area full of shops, stalls, and tabletop and mobile sellers and trades people. Red Light is Liberia's largest market and is on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital of the country. Watta credits her success at business with talking to customers in a polite manner.

Watta plans to use her 12,000 Liberian dollar share of this 60,000 Liberian dollar group loan to buy trousers, wedding garments, and other goods for her business. Someday, she dreams of getting into real estate as a business. She also hopes that she will continue to be successful enough to support her children so they can improve their lives.

In the photo that accompanies this profile, Watta is the one holding the sign.

About LEAP:
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.

In this group: Watta, Musu, Massa, Sianneh, Miatta

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