Antioch, California, September 21, 2021.
Cecelia is a 49-year-old farmer and single mother in Minor community, Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia. She is motivated, hardworking, and self-determined. Despite all the challenges in rural Liberia, Cecelia is passionate about getting a better education for her children, like so many other parents. "I do petty trade, selling of assorted items and vegetables for our livelihood. I have two children, but I have two other children I must take care of. So, in total, I have four children in my household. Also, I have my old-age sister who is sick to take care
of in the same household." With the proceeds from her petty trade, Cecelia is putting one of her sons through Junior high school in central Kakata. However, there are times when she needs additional support to take care of her family. "Because I am putting the children through school, it has been challenging on me. But the little market must put food on the table and help support my children's education. Not until I heard about the Learning Squared Social microfinance program for women who had their children on their scholarship program. The principal of one of my son's schools informed me about the program. He asked if I was interested in joining it. So, of course, I said 'yes." Cecelia, 49 years.
With that, Cecelia connected with other women and started working with the Learning Squared Liberia team. Cecelia participated in a one-week training program in small business management, entrepreneurship, and tips on raising income to support her children's education. "As a start-up seed fund, I received USD 36 ($6,000 LD) to improve my business and pay back the money in 12 weeks". "This was a huge opportunity for my family and me." Cecelia, 49 years.
"Today, I am pleased to inform you that I am selling imported lappers in and out of my community; I sell these lappers on different market days in the county. I have completed the first repayment process. Because of the trust, Learning Squared has provided me an additional USD 50 ($8,500 LD) to continue my small venture business to support my children's education and improve our livelihood. My dream is to open my shop in my community so I can sell different types of lappers daily. I want to say a big thank you to Learning Squared Liberia for their model to support women and children's education in Liberia. The program has changed our lives; our children are no longer sent home for school fees or need books, bags, or learning materials; they provide it all." Cecelia, 49 years.
Cecelia is excited about her successes, and she is entirely hopeful about her children's future."I hope to save some money for my children's high school education so that my children can get the education I never had and take care of my family. I am sure this is one of the best opportunities of my life, and I will continue to support the program, and I advise other women to make use of the opportunity". Cecelia, 49 years.
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