J.M., Liberia

For child protection purposes, J.M.’s full name can not be revealed. Below is her story:

J.M. has been managing her small business in Careysburg prior to enrolling into the Joint Program on Advancing the Rights of Girls Next level Business Program. The Next Level Business Programme is empowering young women and adolescent girls with the skills to save money, expand their existing businesses, and access credit. With a cost per beneficiary of $75 USD, the program provides quick impact, low cost interventions for young women to acquire skills that enable them to efficiently utilize incomes from their business through savings and other profitable ventures. The program has recruited local community women who serve as facilitators in order to ensure local ownership and ongoing peer-to-peer support for young women and adolescent girls at the community level.

J.M. explains how the skills she acquired from the program have improved her business and impacted her life. “I now earn respect and recognition in my community. This program has really brought a difference to my business which serves as the only source of income for me and my two siblings. After graduating from the program, where we were trained on business planning/management skills as well as customer service, I started saving money from my small business which has enabled me to expand my business. It was not easy to reach this level, but I am very grateful that I made it to this level after receiving regular advice and coaching support from the Next Level Facilitators. My business now carters to everything I need including my tuition costs and those of my two siblings, which were very difficult for me to settle prior to expanding my business.

I have been renting for the past years but now I have constructed a one room apartment where I currently live. I have become a role model and provide guidance to my peers and family members. The skills I have acquired and the level of progress I am making have increased my desire to study Economics. I am hoping that I can enroll at the University of Liberia in the nearby future to acquire a degree in Economics.”

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