A loan of $425 helped a member to purchase more oil, pepper and garden eggs to sell.

God Knows Us Group's story

Mary B. is the leader of this group of five borrowers called God Knows Us. In the photo, Mary is the one holding the sign. She is 45 years old and is a single mother with six children, all of them high school graduates and some of them now married.

Mary and her family live and work in the Gbengber community in Elwa in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. She was never able to go to school herself due to lack of financial support from her parents.

Mary’s business is the sale of foodstuffs such as oil, pepper, garden eggs (eggplant), etc. She buys her goods from wholesalers and sells retail to residents of her community. She has been running this business for more than twenty years and hopes to become a big businesswoman in the near future.

Mary started selling with money that was given to her by her late husband but she is sometimes faced with rainy season problems because, when it rains, business can really be bad. Mary talks to her customers in a friendly manner in order to encourage them to continue to buy from her. She dreams of buying land to build a house for her family.

About LEAP:
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.

In this group: Mary, Decontee, Hawa, Janjay, Eva

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