A loan of $425 helped a member to purchase rice, oil, seasonings, etc. for resale.


We Are One Group's story

Mamie G. is a leader of a group of 5 borrowers called We Are One. She is 34 years old and a single mother, with 3 children aged 3-16 years old who have educational levels from nursery-7th grade. Mamie and her family live and work in the Old Road community, a community that has both poor and middle class Liberians; it is about 3 miles from downtown Monrovia, Liberia. She was never able to go through high school due to lack of financial support from her parents. Mamie’s business is the sales of general goods such as rice, oil, pepper, and other cooking ingredients. She buys her goods from wholesalers and sells retail on a table to residents of Old Road in Monrovia. She has been running this business for 5 years and hopes to own a shop in the near future. Mamie started by selling oil around the community, but now sells on a table. She has a good relationship with her customers in order to encourage them to continue buying from her. Mamie needs this loan to purchase rice, oil, seasonings, etc. for resale. She dreams of educating her children and building a house for her family to live in. In the photo that accompanies this profile, Mamie is the one holding the sign. Adama K. and Hawa Z. are inset at lower left. 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: Mamie, Adama, Hawa, Bindu, Fatu
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