A loan of $875 helped a member to buy peppers, bouillon cubes, salt, okra, and other foodstuff for resale.


Hawa Gull Group's story

Hawa G. Group is a group of 5 borrowers led by Hawa G.. She is 38 years old and is married with 3 children ages 16–20, their educational levels from 7th–8th grade. Hawa is an illiterate. She could not go to school due to poverty.


She and her family live in the Old Road community, and she sells at the Old Road Joebar Market located in the downtown part of Monrovia. Hawa’s business is the sale of dry goods. She buys at wholesale and sells at retail to customers. Hawa has been running this business for more than 7 years and hopes to own a shop to serve more customers.


Hawa started selling with funds that were given to her by her husband. Her most challenging times are when her goods remain too long and get spoiled. With the help of her husband and the susu group (community savings club) that she joined, she is able to buy quality goods and sell them to her customers to encourage them to continue buying from her.


Hawa needs this loan to purchase more foodstuff, such as peppers, bouillon cubes, salt, okra, etc., to add to her business. She dreams of owning a shop and building a house for her family.


In the photo that accompanies this profile, Hawa 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: Hawa, Jestina, Mamie, Esther, Mary



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