project_galleries

Metrics

100

# of micro-businesses that got $100 investment in March

161% increase to ----- $3.33/day

Daily take home now. Was $1.28 per day before investment

181

Jobs created by these family ventures by Sept

$330,000

Combined annual business revenue. Was $150,000 before investment

About

This is not about helping one person. Look at what supporting ground-up efforts can do for a society. In March we invested $100 into each of the 100 participating micro-businesses. In six months their combined annual revenues went from $150,000  to $330,000 and growing. They have also created 181 jobs just as the largest corporation in Liberia, Firestone, has been cutting jobs. Hundreds of families want to join this effort and grow Liberia's economy from the ground up. 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.)

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

107

PROJECT(S)

6

SDG GOALS

Family Level Impact

  • Benetta clothing store

    Benetta sells women's clothing. With your investment she will be able to buy more products and sell in the community market. She saves every month in a Susu (saving circle) to someday be able to sell from a store.  During the coronavirus pandemic, she gave money to her church to give food for the community.
    Paynesville, Liberia
    15 %
    Funded
    $45.00
    Backed
  • Every Thing Gets Time Tailoring

    Agnes is a hardworking and talented seamstress whose goal is not only to provide for her family of four but also to uplift the greater community. With her first small investment she was able to increase her earning by 200% before Covid. Under the Covid lock down she was hired to make masks and may get other contracts. She only has a foot powered sewing machine but hopes to someday have electricity and an electric sewing machine
    Buchanan, Liberia
    30 %
    Funded
    $120.00
    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
    20 %
    Funded
    $120.00
    Backed
  • Divine Grace Aluminum Business Center

    Francis sells fish on the side but his main business is making Aluminum windows. In March with a $100 investment from CII he was able to grow his sales by 250%. The lock down has cut his business but with a new power saw he is ready to grow it again. He also plans on training 2 other people, one female and one economically disadvantaged youth
    Buchanan, Liberia
    30.77 %
    Funded
    $200.00
    Backed

Community Level Impact

  • Keep our Hospital in Buchanan open

    KEEP THE ONLY HOSPITAL IN THE REGION OPEN. With the coronavirus pandemic under control in Liberia the focus is on purchasing essentials such as much needed gloves and  medications for the delivery of safe care to the citizens. Materials such as PPE will be purchased as needed. 
    Buchanan, Liberia
    37.31 %
    Funded
    $24,252.00
    Backed
  • Mayehdeh (The Woes of a Woman)

    Victoria, herself a victim of abuse and rape, has formed a club for young girls facing similar circumstances today.  She sells dry goods to support her four children as well, and also tries to help these teenage girls.  She doesn't have the trappings of a nonprofit which makes her efforts that much more relatable to the girls and sustainable.  Your investment can help her reach her vision of a Liberian run 'center' that can provide food, temporary shelter, education and counseling around sexual violence.  This is a tremendously important project.
    Paynesville, Liberia
    47.6 %
    Funded
    $1,190.00
    Backed
  • Kukatunor (we are one)

    This important community project is for a much needed Waste Management Company. Your investment will help keep their community cleaner and sanitary. It will attract less vermin and help decrease the amount of health hazards and filth in their community
    Paynesville, Liberia
    44.6 %
    Funded
    $1,115.00
    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
    3.2 %
    Funded
    $160.00
    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-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.