Stories

LEAD measures impact in a variety of ways - but most importantly in the stories from our clients, whose businesses have grown, generating employment and increased stability for the business owner, their employees, and their families. 

 

Over the past three years, LEAD has provided business training and disbursed loans to over 900 business owners in Bong, Grand Bassa & Montserrado Counties. As of July 2008, LEAD has seen 1511 jobs stabilized and 68 new jobs created. The stories below are examples of the many business owners whose lives have been changed through LEAD’s programs.

 

More stories in video form can be found here.

 

Liberia Entrepreneurial & Assert Development (LEAD) continues to provide farmers with better business skills and loans to increase vegetable production.

 

In 2003, a local group Menelehkoyee, under the chairmanship of Yah Flomo, decided that it was time to leave the “mat for mattress” as it is commonly said in Liberia.

 

The group gathered women from Neemgbein village to create a farming group. Many of the women recruited were widows and share the past marked by Liberia’s 14 year of civil turmoil.

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Small Amounts of Financing Earn Big Rewards for Vegetable Farmers

July 2, 2014

 

Johnson Harris of the United Famers Association (UFA) can tell you something about the importance of timing. He bought cabbage seeds back in August 2013 several months before Liberia’s best cabbage growing season around December. It came time to plant, he held an advantage over his fellow farmers who at the time couldn’t afford the better cabbage seeds.

 

“By the time we were planting, the good seeds were gone. The problem is that the other farmers didn’t have money to buy the good seeds when they were available. Sometimes there’s no money. Every farmer has a family,” explains Harris.

 

Harris, who studies agriculture at the University of Liberia, harvested 50 bags of cabbage in January 2014 and sold each 50 kg bag at the local market for 3,500 Liberian dollars ($44 USD). The following week, he sold 27 bags of cabbage leaves for 1,500 Liberian dollars ($19 USD) each. His colleagues’ cabbage crops did not come up.

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Anthony in front of his newly constructed clinic
Anthony in front of his newly constructed clinic

One Entrepreneur Matters: Q&A with Anthony Kollie

By Jacqueline Klamer, Partners Worldwide
Friday, April 9, 2010

 

While people often say I’m a skeptic, I consider myself a curious realist.  So, when I first learned of someone utilizing a sustainable business model for the medical field of Liberia, I couldn’t help but give him a call to verify everything I’d heard.  Anthony Kollie, Liberian nurse and entrepreneur, recently launched a fully-licensed medical clinic with his wife and five other employees.  I'd heard Anthony was a successful client of LEAD, Inc., our local business affiliate with 800 members, that is committed to rebuilding the Liberian economy following 25 years of civil war that ended in 2003.  Knowing even this, I still had a few more questions to ask.  And, as soon as Anthony picked up the phone, I was intrigued.  Every entrepreneur matters.  Anthony is one of them.  

 

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June 30,2014

 

The United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) Program for Liberia and Liberian Entrepreneurial & Asset Development (LEAD) microfinance institution are teaming up to finance Liberian farmers and small agribusinesses with a second round of loans worth $2.5mn Liberian Dollars (approximately $29,500 USD).

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June 30,2014

 

The United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) Program for Liberia and Liberian Entrepreneurial & Asset Development (LEAD) microfinance institution are teaming up to finance Liberian farmers and small agribusinesses with a second round of loans worth $2.5mn Liberian Dollars (approximately $29,500 USD).

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Mama Sallie - Paulma's Business Center

Gbarnga, Bong County

 

Mama Sallie’s main business location is at the corner of one of Gbarnga City’s major junctions, where the main commercial road in Gbarnga intersects with the main highway coming from Monrovia and continuing east to Nimba County. On the southeast corner, sits two of Mama’s three flourishing businesses. Across the street, where there is a vacant lot, Mama points to the location of her first business, a pharmacy.

 

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Theresa Davis – Quality Wear Center

Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

 

Theresa Davis has been selling sportswear and men’s clothing in Buchanan, Liberia for over 10 years. Her business Quality Wear Center remained open during the last five years of Liberia’s civil war, though Theresa says the business struggled and almost failed during that time. Many businesses in Buchanan and across Liberia were looted and vandalized during the war, but Theresa’s business survived the worst of the looting. During this time, she says “We had to use the money from the business every day, just for our basic needs” and so it was unable to grow.

 

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Esther Nankpallah – AE Business Center

Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

 

Esther Nankpallah (nang-PAH-lah) has been running her own business, the AE Business Center, since 2006. She sells everything from rice and potatoes, to soap and plastic dishes, to the brightly colored lapas (West African cloths) which hang off the front porch of her store.

 

The AE Business Center is located in the middle of the main commercial district in Buchanan, the capital of Grand Bassa County and is surrounded by similar businesses, cell phone vendors and money-changers, a few restaurants and gas stations, and a tailor.

 

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Larry (left) with LEAD Director Allen Gweh (right) and LEAD affiliates
Larry (left) with LEAD Director Allen Gweh (right) and LEAD affiliates

Larry VandeHof - Steel Shoes Industrial

Monrovia, Montserrado County     

 

Larry VandeHof has been making hand-crafted shoes from recycled materials since the early 1990s. In 1996, during the war, his business on Randall Street in Monrovia was completely looted and he had to start over. His new business has been up and running for six years now, and is based on Tubman Blvd, in Congotown, Monrovia.

 

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LEAD exists to empower Liberians in the pursuit of business and asset development, for the glory of God and the advancement of Liberia.

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We pray for partnering churches, struggling businesses in North America and Liberia, economic conditions in both places, individuals leading the work, social justice issues impacting an area, and government officials. We believe in the transformational power of prayer to unite the body of Christ for real change, in terms of both poverty alleviation and the greater economic conditions around us.

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