Care-Liberia, a local NGN, has graduated about thirty persons from cycle one of its Village Saving and Loan Program in Worpolu Town, Suakoko District. The Program, intended to guard community members in managing their finances, occasioned the disbursement of more than three hundred thousand Liberian Dollars among group members in the town.
Speaking to this paper at the graduation exercises, Care VSLA Extension Officer Deddeh Gbessie said the village saving initiative will assist the people, mainly women, to be financially empowered.
Madam Gbessie expressed the belief that the initiative in Worpolu Town will serve as serious capacity for the development of the area, adding that when the women of the community are empowered, they would be able to assist their families in various ways instead of being mere housewives.
Deddeh Gbessie disclosed that currently Care is running the program with fifty-two groups in twenty-two communities in Suakoko District. She said members of the group are given money based on the number of shares acquired in the group.
Members of the Village Saving and Loan Program, graduated from the first cycle, commended Care, stressing the need for the continuation of the program. They said the money given them would be used for the up-keep of their families. Many of the graduates took home up to eleven thousand Liberian dollars.