A loan of $350 helped a member to purchase cooking ingredients and bowls in which to serve cooked food.


Respect Yourself Group's story

Sarah C. is the leader of the group of five borrowers called Respect Yourself. She is 66 years old, widowed, and has two children who are 45 and 30 years old.

For over 20 years, Sarah has been selling cooked bowls of food at the Rally Town Market. Her children gave her money to start her business. Sarah knows a lot about her business, which keeps customers coming back.

Sarah plans to use her 6,000 Liberian dollar portion of this 24,000 Liberian dollar group loan to buy ingredients to cook with and bowls in which to serve food. Her goal is to help her children and grand-children build a house.

In the photo that accompanies this profile, Sarah 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: Sarah, Gabriel, Evelyn, Janet, Nathaniel
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