A loan of $575 helped a member to buy more used clothes.


Blessed Family Group's story

Esther W. is the head of a group of five borrowers called The Blessed Family. Esther is 48 years old. She did not go to school due to financial constraints. She is single and has eight children whose ages range from 8 to 30 years old. Her first child did not go to school, but the rest of the children are attending school. Esther is involved with the sale of used clothes, including socks and neckties. She has been in this business for 20 years. She started her business with 2,500 Liberian dollars and now has a working capital of 40,500 Liberian dollars. Her business is located on Randall Street, in downtown Monrovia. She says many customers get attracted to her business because she sells quality goods and approaches customers in a good manner. She hopes to increase her business by using her 8,000 Liberian dollar portion of this 40,000 Liberian dollar group loan to buy more used clothes. In the photo that accompanies this profile, Esther W. is 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 socioeconomic 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. Join the Team LEAP - Liberia lending team on Kiva today: http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=10019

In this group: Esther, Ruth, Meme, Oretha, Abigail
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