Metrics

$1.28/day

Daily take home before any investment

138 % increase to ----- $3.04/day

Profit Income Increase after a $100 investment

177

Jobs created by these family ventures by Aug

728

# of participants in the 100 families enrolled

About

Families in Liberia are amazing entrepreneurs and they are part of a global demonstration showing how their efforts can grow an economy from the ground up.  We are focusing on their efforts in two districts, to demonstrate the impact of micro-equity grants, not loans.  Look through the profiles and find family or community efforts that interest you. Click on "Follow" and you will get updates on their progress. Invest in those you want to see grow. Your investment will impact others since all the families are committed to pay it forward. Join us now. It's simple and 100% of any donation goes to the venture and 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. 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.

Family Level Impact

  • Cecelia's Tailoring and Fabric

    Cecelia is a wonderful seamstress, dress and fabric designer. Before the Coronavirus, with a small investment, she was able to increase her sales by 40%. When Covid hit, she was contracted to make masks and continues to do that. As the lockdown eases she plans to start to grow her business again by purchasing more materials and sewing machines.
    Paynesville, Liberia
    16.84 %
    Funded
    $165.00
    Backed
  • Heavy Weight Block Factory

    Tamba David has a successful block making business that is surviving the covid lockdown.  Now that things are getting better with your investment he can continue to grow his business and create more jobs.  After a small investment from CII he was able to grow his sales by 50% in less than one month before the Coronavirus lockdown happened.  He has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and hopes to one day own the biggest block factory in Liberia, creating more jobs and helping the community.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    31.43 %
    Funded
    $275.00
    Backed
  • Irene's Cook and Bowl Shop

    Irene is a cook and sells food bowls, cookware and other items. She also does catering and has a stand alone shop. In March she got a $100 investment to expand and in that month she was able to triple her sales.  She can continue to grow with your investment.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    104.4 %
    Funded
    $261.00
    Backed
  • Possible with God Catering

    Rose sells food and drinks as well as does catering. With a small investment before the Covid lock down she increased her business income by over 30% and saved for this period of lock down when she has less business. Additional investment will help her to continue to expand as the lock down eases.
    Buchanan, Liberia
    46.67 %
    Funded
    $70.00
    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
    36.95 %
    Funded
    $24,015.00
    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
    26.06 %
    Funded
    $4,600.00
    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
    41 %
    Funded
    $1,025.00
    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 as 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
    6 %
    Funded
    $150.00
    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.