Our Project in Mangoreh Village, Sierra Leone
Our Comic Relief funded project to support the reintegration of war-torn communities in Northern Sierra Leone has proved to be a triumph. The project supports local petty traders, particularly women, to achieve economic independence through the provision of micro finance loans and lessons in business management, among other tools that our local partners teach our beneficiaries.
Thabeh, a 26 year old single mother of two from Mangoreh Village, North Sierra Leone, gives this testimony. It shows how the project has empowered her to change her way of life, starting a new business as a food vendor to provide economic stability for her family:
"I used to carry poles from a forest 5km away from where I live to the building sites in the nearby city of Makeni. Following advice from a CBO (Community Based Organisation) member, I was registered on a literacy class and also learnt cooking, received microcredit loans and joined a group of women of my age and circumstances who encouraged me to start a small business. As I had little money, I took a loan from my CBO to increase my capital and started supplying cooked food to workers on a building site.
My life has since changed as I do not need to walk long distances with heavy poles on my head with my child on my back. The CBO has trained me to keep records of my business and improve my literacy in business management. As a result, my business has expanded and my profits keep growing. I now have enough income and will be able to take my daughter to school at the start of term."