Metrics

515

# of resident projects being tracked

161% from $1.28 to $3.33/day

Percent income increase in 6 months

181

Jobs created for others by 100 businesses

$150,000 grew to $330,000

Annual business revenue growth after investment

About

As we  start a new year we urge you to donate even small donations to individual families rather than the community projects.  That will continue to encourage the ground up movement.  In the longer term you will be able to support self-Help efforts by residents in Liberia, and soon in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi and Ghana. Help these resident efforts grow their economies from the ground up.  They in turn invest in an average of 3.5 other families so there is broader impact. But the biggest impact is that the people begin to recognize the strength of taking initiative and working together.  A society of mutuality.

In March we invested $100 into each of the 100 participating micro-businesses in Liberia. In six months their combined annual revenues went from $150,000  to $330,000 and growing. They have also created 181 jobs for others just as the largest corporation in Liberia, Firestone, has been cutting jobs. Hundreds of families want to join this effort.  Look through the profiles and find family or community efforts that interest you. Invest or Follow those efforts and the families will give you progress reports monthly.  Join us now. It's simple and 100% of any donation goes to the venture. All is secured thru PayPal on same service as GoFundMe. (tax deductible in the U.S.)


CII finds local self-help efforts by the residents themselves, not the nonprofits.  After 2 civil wars, Ebola and now Coronavirus outbreaks, most of the families live in an informal economy, buying and selling to each other. Self-help and mutuality, helping each other, is the key. Support from corporations, government or NGO’s is lacking. In 2019 the Community Independence Initiative, CII, began to partner directly with residents in two areas, Paynesville and Buchanan, to test if small investments into the entrepreneurship of even petty vendors could grow the economy from the ground up and would the residents pay an investment forward, helping others to improve the community. This online platform is set to capture those efforts and to connect local resident led efforts to outside supporters including diaspora from Liberia.  This project is directed by Mauricio Miller, MacArthur Fellow and in 2010 appointed by President Obama to The Council for Community Solutions.

Sustainable Development Goals

99

PROJECT(S)

6

SDG GOALS

Family Level Impact

  • Africa Self-Help Fund

    Invest in Self-help efforts rather than to programs.  All donations here go entirely to the residents for the efforts they are leading. You can designate if you want your donation to go to projects in a particular African country, or to a specific type of project such as solar or water, etc.  Look at the projects listed on this Mutuality Platform and invest directly to an individual venture or a broader collective project.  New projects and countries will continue to be added.
    Africa
    23.24 %
    Funded
    $116,200.00
    Backed
  • God’s Favor Business Center

    Esther sells red oil for cooking and ground nuts. She wants to add Lappa, tie and dye bedsheets and handmade Africian costumes and children's clothing to her shop. With a small investment she was able to grow her sales by 75% and can do more as the lockdown eases.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    34 %
    Funded
    $170.00
    Backed
  • Felecia Business Center

    Felecia is a hardworking business woman with a keen business sense.  In March she got a small investment and was able to grow the profit from her business by 80%.  Now as the Covid restrictions are lifting she hopes that she can again travel to Guinea to buy goods and expand her business.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    37.78 %
    Funded
    $340.00
    Backed
  • Successful Computers Hub

    Eugene Tarr is a hard-working father of four, skilled in desktop publishing, graphic design, hardware and email services. Investment in his business will him help start selling stationary materials at his shop and offering computer training to those in the community.  In March before the Covid lockdown he was able to grow his business income by 168% by July. With an investment he can continue that growth.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    25 %
    Funded
    $150.00
    Backed

Community Level Impact

  • Africa Self-Help Fund

    Invest in Self-help efforts rather than to programs.  All donations here go entirely to the residents for the efforts they are leading. You can designate if you want your donation to go to projects in a particular African country, or to a specific type of project such as solar or water, etc.  Look at the projects listed on this Mutuality Platform and invest directly to an individual venture or a broader collective project.  New projects and countries will continue to be added.
    Africa
    23.24 %
    Funded
    $116,200.00
    Backed
  • Solar Power for Liberia

    To give families and small businesses a variety of options for solar energy. The aim is to provide enough power to charge small at-home devices such as phone chargers, fans, lamps, sewing machines, and boost the overall capability and safety of Liberian families.
    Liberia
    25.6 %
    Funded
    $1,280.00
    Backed
  • The Fishing Village

    This fishing village of 200 families needs a refrigeration facility so that they can sell fresh fish, especially to restaurants, which will significantly improve their income. The World Bank started the project over 5 years ago but the contractors ran off with the funds to finish it.  Over the last 3 years the families themselves have saved $4,500 of the $17,650 needed to complete the work and install the power and refrigeration unit.  Your investment will make a huge difference.
    Paynesville, Liberia
    33.06 %
    Funded
    $5,835.00
    Backed
  • Magic FM Sustainability Resource Center

    Objective of the Resource Center is to generate revenue by using the multi complex resource center that will serve the media, students and members of the public. The revenue generated from this resource center will help educate, train and retain 20 staff community based journalists so they can provide high impactful information to the public. The revenues collected from the center main purpose is to sustain the radio station.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    33.56 %
    Funded
    $5,865.00
    Backed

Backstory

The Community Independence Initiative, CII, is directed by Mauricio Miller and is a major initiative of Root Change, a global NGO.  The project was started because of requests from Liberian diaspora to launch CII in Liberia. Former residents of Liberia seek a way to help their family and friends succeed in their improvement endeavors. Formal jobs are scarce in Liberia so many Liberian families survive through their own entrepreneurial efforts and through help from their friends. CII offers a structure and platform for Liberian entrepreneurs and micro-business people, including petty vendors, to make their aspirations visible. This Platform allows them to receive financial support for their ventures and it allows them to provide regular updates on how they are progressing.