A loan of $425 helped a member to purchase additional hardware and used clothes for resale.

Helping Unity Group's story

Siah F. is a leader of a group of five borrowers called Helping Unity. She is 44 years old and is married with six children aged seven to 25 years old. Their educational levels are third grade through high school graduate. Siah also cares for two nieces and a nephew.

Siah herself did not go to school due to poverty. She and her family live in the Redlight Wood Camp community and she works in the Redlight market, the largest market in Liberia.

Siah’s business is the sales of general goods such as hardware and used clothes from a table at the market. She buys her goods from wholesalers and sells retail in the Redlight market. She has been running this business for more than 20 years and hopes to own a shop in the near future.

Siah started her business dealings with only 20 Liberian dollars that she used to purchase eight pieces of used clothes which she sold for 10 Liberian Dollars each. It was at that point that she grew the momentum to do business. She talks to her customers in a good manner in order to encourage them to continue buying from her. Siah needs this loan to purchase additional hardware and used clothes for resale. She dreams of giving her children a good education.

In the photo that accompanies this profile, Siah is the one holding the sign. Joseph F. is inset at lower right.

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: Siah, Kumba, Joseph, John, Yawah

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