These inspirational women are Liberia’s top of the class 2021. They have just graduated BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation programme. They have all come from extreme poverty.
We’d love to send them our combined congratulations, so please leave them a short message and we’ll deliver them for you to the graduates.
Mercy, 22 and mother of one was living in extreme poverty. She dreamed of owning a vegetable farm but the little money she made barely covered food.
Whilst enrolled on the BRAC programme she was given seeds, tools, skills and funding to clear a 3-acre plot for her farm.
Mercy and her new farm are now the talk of the village and she takes great pride in the fact that she lifted her young family out of poverty.
Mary was 24, pregnant with her second child, when her boyfriend left her. Living in extreme poverty, with barely enough food for her young family, she was determined to find a way out.
On the BRAC course she learnt about finance and how to borrow money. She quickly put this knowledge to good use – taking out a loan from BRAC and opening a new shop.
But Mary isn’t stopping there, she has big plans to expand into the city.
When Martha lost her husband in the civil war, she was left struggling to support their two children. Now a BRAC graduate, Martha is quite the saleswoman, making enough to support her family.
When Martha lost her husband in the civil war, she lost everything. Making enough to support her two children seemed impossible.
But when she signed up for the BRAC programme, everything changed. She studied animal rearing and business management. As her knowledge grew, so did her self-confidence.
Martha is doing brilliantly now; she’s even planning on some new home improvements.
Helena, single mother of two, was labouring for just $1.00 day. Now a BRAC graduate, she has her own successful pig farm with plans to build a bigger home in the future.
When Helena’s husband abandoned her, she was left to care for two young children on her own. Earning $1.00 a day, doing hard labour, hardly covered their food. Helena loved the BRAC programme. Not only did she learn about farming and business, she was also given 3 pigs to start her farm. Her successful business has meant that not only are her children well cared for, she can also carry on with her secondary education too.
Victoria, single mum of 5, was out of money and living with her mother. Now a BRAC graduate, bubbly Victoria is running a successful soap making business.
When Victoria’s husband died, she was left to care for their five children. With no job opportunities around, they all moved in with her elderly mother.
Now a recent BRAC graduate, she feels confident in finance, stock management and also herself.
Currently Victoria is multi-tasking – running her start-up soap business while building a new home for her family.
Young Marie had a serious illness which left her paralyzed, so when her husband left her, it was very difficult to care for their five children on her own. But Marie was determined to improve her and her children’s lives. That’s why she enrolled on the BRAC programme to learn about finance and farm management. Thankfully Marie is now in good health and she has a thriving vegetable farm too. She’s become an inspiration to the other women in her community and to us too.
Mary became a single mum of four when her husband left for work and never returned. She lived in extreme poverty, making less than $1 a day.
But then she enrolled on the BRAC programme. With a good head for numbers and bags of renewed confidence she started up a wholesale business.
Now, not only can she support her whole family, she’s become a bit of a star in the village, known as “the successful woman with the big business”.
You can sign their yearbook here and send them a personal message.
They can’t wait to read them.
We can’t wait to give them your message.
In total 750 women graduated this year. For $10 each we can give them each a Liberian traditional graduation gift of beautiful fabrics. Can you help chip-in?