The United Sisters Savings and Friendship Club Incorporated (USSFCI) celebrated its 9th anniversary as a women’s empowerment microfinance organization last week Tuesday, February 11. Founded in 2005, USSFCI is duly registered under the laws of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender and Development. Since its inception, the Club has been in business, empowering women through Microfinance loans generated from the monthly savings of its members.
“United Sisters is a club with strict rules and regulations,” said Mamalyn Ellis, vice president of USSFCI. “As our name ‘United Sisters’ depicts, unity is our hallmark. No force outside can easily break us apart. Our differences are resolved within, in Love and harmony. Nowhere is far for us to reach once it has to do with the welfare of our members.”
This year, USSFCI decided to celebrate their anniversary with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at the Sunday, February 16 fore noon service.
“We are happy to worship with you today in celebration of our 9th Anniversary.
Since the formation of the club,” Mrs. Ellis told the congregation, “our anniversary February 11 has always been celebrated outside of the church with families and friends. This year 2014, it was agreed to make Christ the center of the celebration. A church venue was requested where we will give thanks seek the Lord’s blessings in our activities as a club. Our sister Elvera Tarr volunteered to arrange with her church to host this year’s Thanksgiving service, thus our visit here today.”
The women’s microfinance group also engages in annual outreach programs to help the needy in hospitals, orphanage homes and less fortunate in society. In 2012, USSFCI was able to identify with sucking mothers and their babies at the Redemption Hospital with Christmas gifts from funds collected from members for welfare purposes.