A loan of $550 helped a member to purchase more charcoal in bulk for resale.

The Blessing Of God Family Group's story

Mardea B. is the leader of a five-borrower group called The Blessing Of God Family. She is 38 years old, single, and has two children, aged 16 and 6 years old. She was not able to graduate from high school due to lack of financial support.

For more than 9 years, Mardea has been selling charcoal at the Gaye Town market on Old Road in Monrovia, Liberia. She started by helping a lady who was in charcoal sales.

Mardea sells her goods at a stable price, which keeps her customers returning. Sometimes, however, she has problems with the poor quality of the bulk charcoal she buys. She plans to use her 9,000 Liberian dollar portion of this 39,000 Liberian dollar group loan to purchase more charcoal in bulk to resell.

In the photo that accompanies this profile, Mardea is the one holding the sign. Musu Kiazolu is inset at the lower right.

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: Mardea, Comfort, Rebecca, Musu, Helena

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