Metrics

# 780

# of resident projects being tracked

Over 250 %

Growth in business revenue in 12 months

# 394%

Growth in take-home earnings in 12 months

Jobs - 211

# of jobs for others from sample 100 ventures

About

Below are the ventures led by residents in Liberia who were earning only an average of $1.28 a day a year ago. After joining, learning from one another and receiving a $100 investment, their business sales have grown over 250% and their take-home earnings have increased almost 400%.  Also, these micro-ventures have created over 200 jobs for their neighbors.  These efforts should be supported and they will scale naturally as everyday residents help one another.

At this time we are encouraging small investments, even $10 or $20, to several family ventures. It is easy and secure. What we are learning is that as participating families feel more secure about their family they begin to lead projects that improve the community for everyone.  They also share their good fortune with friends and family. On average they invest in 3.5 other families. Impact thus spreads peer to peer. This is called 'Peer-driven Change' and it scales naturally.  

Now more families want to join and we need your donations to expand the impact.  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.)

.......... About CII .............

CII finds local self-help efforts by the residents themselves, not the nonprofits. Self-help and mutuality, helping each other, is the key to greater impact. 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.  Also, would the residents pay an investment forward by helping others to improve the community. The results have been amazing and similar projects are now starting in various countries.  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.

Family Level Impact

  • God's Will Clothing Center

    Naomi has a good customer base and is expanding her inventory.  Before the covid lockdown she increased her sales by 20% in March 2020 and she feels she can continue to do that now that the lockdown is easing. She eventually wants her own a shop. She is also talented in soap making and wants to sell that and teach others how to make soap and other products.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    54.29 %
    Funded
    $190.00
    Backed
  • Edith Zeon Dishes Business

    Edith sells beautiful colorful rubber dishes, ceramic dishes and dinnerware. After an investment in March 2020 by CII, she was able to buy more of the products in demand and she grew her sales by 250%.  She will know how to use your investment to continue to grow her business, buying wholesale to increase her profit.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    31.67 %
    Funded
    $190.00
    Backed
  • Foot Wears

    Mark is a single dad with two children.  He has a shoe shop. He dreams of opening up a bigger shop as well as he and four people who want to create a waste management business they have named "Kukatunor (We are one)".  Your support of his shoe business will help him and his partners to start the needed garbage collection business.
    Paynesville, Liberia
    41.6 %
    Funded
    $1,040.00
    Backed
  • Children Food Money Business

    Fatu has a small store selling toothpaste, soap, oil, and other dry goods. She feels she can increase her business and profit if she is able to buy large bags of rice to sell and lower the price for others to afford it.  She is saving money to send her daughter to college.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    21.18 %
    Funded
    $180.00
    Backed

Community Level Impact

  • The King Gray Fishing Village

    This fishing village of 200 families needs a refrigeration facility so that they can catch fresh fish, sell fresh fish, then refrigerate/freeze the fish that doesn't sell that day, for future sales. It will significantly improve their income by being able to refrigerate/freeze the catch that they do not sell, then be able to sell the fish at a later time.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 and impact many. 
    Paynesville, Liberia
    33.06 %
    Funded
    $5,835.00
    Backed
  • Safe Drinking Water

    Over 250 people who live in the Own your Own Extension lacks safe drinking water. Your very important investment will help create a well and help the community dwellers access free, clean, safe drinking water
    Buchanan, Liberia
    28.9 %
    Funded
    $565.00
    Backed
  • Bread for All

     Objective of this project is to open a Liberian run/owned commercial bakery in Bassa County. This community project “bread for all” will alleviate bread shortages in Bassa County and aid in distributing bread to both the rural/urban areas in the region. Goal for this community is to advance economically as a whole
    Buchanan, Liberia
    21.6 %
    Funded
    $500.00
    Backed
  • 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

Backstory

The Community Independence Initiative, CII, 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.

Sustainable Development Goals

101

PROJECT(S)

8

SDG GOALS