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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.

This is their yearbook.

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, single mum of one was struggling to get her vegetable farm off the ground. Now a BRAC graduate, she has a 3-acre plot generating enough income for her and her young family.

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.

Mercy, single mum of one was struggling to get her vegetable farm off the ground. Now a BRAC graduate, she has a 3-acre plot generating enough income for her and her young family.
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. Now a BRAC graduate, the unstoppable Mary has her own shop and plans to expand into the city.

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.

Mary Cammue
Mary was 24, pregnant with her second child when her boyfriend left her. Now a BRAC graduate, the unstoppable Mary has her own shop and plans to expand into the city.
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.

Martha
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.

Hellena Dullah
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. She was earning $1.00 a day doing hard labour. It was hardly enough to cover their food.Helena loved the BRAC programme. Not only did she learn about farming and business management, 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.

Victoria Kiollie
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.
Yama is the sole carer of her four children and disabled husband. Since graduating from BRAC, Yama is making all their lives better by starting her own business and helping other women around her to do the same.
Yama, 34, cared for her 4 young children and disabled husband by herself. She made and sold vegetable oil to pay for food, but often it was not enough.Looking for a better future she enrolled on the BRAC programme. Here she excelled at finance but also found that what she really loved was helping and motivating others.She is not only starting her own business but also helping the other women in the village with theirs.
Yama McGil
Yama is the sole carer of her four children and disabled husband. Since graduating from BRAC, Yama is making all their lives better by starting her own business and helping other women around her to do the same.
Yama, 34, cared for her 4 young children and disabled husband by herself. She made and sold vegetable oil to pay for food, but often it was not enough.Looking for a better future she enrolled on the BRAC programme. Here she excelled at finance but also found that what she really loved was helping and motivating others.She is not only starting her own business but also helping the other women in the village with theirs.
When Aletha’s husband died, she was left with no money and five children to support. Now a BRAC graduate she’s a savvy shop owner making enough to care for her family.
After her husband died Aletha supported her five children on the little money she made, selling charcoal. It provided barely enough for food, leaving nothing to pay for school.But Aletha never gave up. She started studying finance and business management on the BRAC programme. She put her new skills to good use and is now the proud owner of the village shop.
Aletha Andrew
When Aletha’s husband died, she was left with no money and five children to support. Now a BRAC graduate she’s a savvy shop owner making enough to care for her family.
After her husband died Aletha supported her five children on the little money she made, selling charcoal. It provided barely enough for food, leaving nothing to pay for school.But Aletha never gave up. She started studying finance and business management on the BRAC programme. She put her new skills to good use and is now the proud owner of the village shop.
Marie, single mum of 6, became gravely ill and was struggling to feed her children. Now a BRAC graduate, marvellous Marie is healthy again and building her new vegetable farm.

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.

Marie Kpetee
Marie, single mum of 6, became gravely ill and was struggling to feed her children. Now a BRAC graduate, marvellous Marie is healthy again and building her new vegetable farm.
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 still, Marie was determined to improve her and her children’s lives. That’s why she enrolled on the BRAC programme where she learnt 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. Now a BRAC graduate and a bit of a finance wiz, she has her own wholesale business with plans to expand in the future.

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”.

Mary Thomas
Mary became a single mum of four when her husband left for work and never returned. Now a BRAC graduate and a bit of a finance wiz, she has her own wholesale business with plans to expand in the future.
Mary became a single mum of four when her husband left for work and never returned. She was living 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”.
Single mum Dorris was struggling to keep her children in school on less than $1 a day. Now a BRAC graduate, her children go to school every day.
Before joining the programme, single mum, Dorris was selling cassava. Making less than $1 day, she had to choose between her children’s medical care and sending them to school.Since the BRAC programme Dorris has gained the skills and funding to open a successful pig farm.
Doris Cooper
Single mum Dorris was struggling to keep her children in school on less than $1 a day. Now a BRAC graduate, her children go to school every day.
Before joining the programme, single mum, Dorris was selling cassava. Making less than $1 day, she had to choose between her children’s medical care and sending them to school.Since the BRAC programme Dorris has gained the skills and funding to open a successful pig farm.

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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?