A loan of $425 helped a member to purchase more food and drinks for sale.


God Bless You Club #1 Group's story

Fatu J. is the leader of a group of five borrowers called God Bless You Club #1. She is 46 years old and is married. She has three children between the ages of nine and 25 - their educational levels are between the third and the eleventh grade. She also cares for some siblings. She is a high school graduate but could not continue her education due to poverty.

Fatu and her family live and work on Benson Street, opposite the A.M.E. Zion University in downtown Monrovia, Liberia. Fatu’s business is the sale of food such as cooked rice, and drinks such as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. She buys her food and drink items and sells them in a shop to residents in the Monrovia community. She has been running this business for 18 years and hopes to expand it to such a level that she would be able to own a restaurant in the near future.

Fatu started her business with 150 Liberian dollars as working capital, and she now operates with 100,000 Liberian dollars as working capital. She sells high-quality food in order to encourage customers to continue buying from her. Fatu needs this loan in order to purchase more food to serve her customers. She dreams of getting a house of her own.

In the photo, Fatu is the one holding the sign. Nyenpu Y. is inset at the bottom right of the photo.

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: Fatu, Anita, Emma, Nyenpu, Cathy
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