A loan of $425 helped a member to buy more charcoal to serve customers.


God Gives Group's story

Annie Z. is the leader of the group of five borrowers called God Gives. She is married and has 5 children who range from 10 to 20 years old. Annie did not have the opportunity to go school.

For 12 years, Annie has been selling charcoal at the Plank Field in the Redlight Market in Paynesville, Liberia. She sells good and dry charcoal to customers in order to encourage them to continue patronizing her business. Annie started selling with very little cash, but she has now improved. She has a problem because a lot people sell the same goods that she sells, which sometimes makes business bad. She plans to use her 6,000 Liberian dollar portion of this 30,000.00 Liberian dollar group loan to buy more charcoal to serve customers. Her goal is to expand her business to a better size and to improve the living conditions of her family.

In the photo that accompanies this profile, Annie 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: Annie, Babygirl, Mama, Noiah, Esther



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