Business women in Kakata, Margibi County, have lauded BRAC Liberia, an international development organization, for their microfinance initiative, which has helped them improve their businesses as well as their livelihoods.
The business women, who converged at one of their meeting sites to welcome BRAC advisory committee members, praised the organization for helping them to improve their lives.
The committee comprises of Dr. Roland J. Massaquoi, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Liberia, Dr. Tornorlah Varpilah, former Transport Minister and now chairman on the Board of Phebe Hospital, and Madam Ruth Caesar.
Their visit was aimed at observing how the organization’s activities impact the lives of Liberians in Margibi.
Some of the areas the team visited included Microfinance Meeting Ground, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) Center, Community Health Awareness Center, and the Agriculture Farm, amongst others.
Led by Madam Patricia Seeboe, the women who made the commendation are involved in a variety of businesses such as cosmetics, used clothes, which BRAC loaned them the money to undertake.
“This is the second time that I have received money from BRAC. I sell used clothes and small-small things through which I teach other women who have passion for doing business,” Madam Seeboe said.
“So, the second loan I took from BRAC was L$17,000 and by the grace of God, I am paying it small-small. But I would like to thank them so much, even though it is not much, it is helping some of us to push our businesses forward.’’
She then acknowledged BRAC for the support and appealed to them to consider reducing some of the interest rates on the loan.
One of the women, only identified as Miatta, aged 45, told the advisory committee that the organization has brought relief to the county because some of them no longer sit and look up to their husbands for support.
She said BRAC is willing to improve the lives of everybody, once those taking the loans are willing to pay back what they borrowed.
One of BRAC’s advisory committee members, Madam Ruth Caesar, extended gratitude to the women for the level of cooperation that exists between them and BRAC.
Madam Caesar told the women that their visit was to inspect BRAC project sites in Margibi, and to see whether the people are really feeling the impacts of the organization.
In separate remarks, Dr. Roland Massaquoi and Dr. Tornorlah Varpilah thanked BRAC and urged them to continue rendering their services to the people of Liberia.
For his part, BRAC-Liberia country representative, Mohammed Abdus Salam, also thanked the committee for the visit, and assured his partners and the women of improved services.
Mr. Salam said as long his organization remains in the country, he will ensure that the lives of women are better improved including through agriculture.
BRAC was founded in 2008 in Liberia and is currently working in areas of microfinance, health, agriculture, livestock and poultry.