FFW To Expand In March 2010

Tuesday, 22nd December 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - The United States based Foundation for Women (FFW) has disclosed plans to expand its program in Liberia by the end of the first quarter of 2010, increasing the number of women borrowing from the Foundation’s micro-credit program from the current 600 to an estimated 2,500.

Speaking shortly before departing Liberia at the end of a two-week visit at the weekend, the Foundation’s Founder and Executive Director, Madam Doborah Lindholm said the Foundation has accordingly called in a key volunteer to assist the Foundation’s Monrovia head, Madam Emily Peal in its capacity building program, adding more staff, volunteers and centers as part of Foundation’s planned expansion program.

Madam Lonette Williams, a volunteer serving with the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help, will assist with capacity building efforts, reinforce the skills of central office volunteers  by providing them software training, Microsoft office, accounting and financial management.

Ms Williams who holds a Master’s Degree in Women Studies with focus on micro-finance and Women’s empowerment, will also provide monitoring and evaluation support.

The skills training, according to Madam Lindholm, will also include teaching borrowers how to manage their money and businesses, including developing a business plan.
Madam Lindholm said during her visit to Liberia, she called a meeting of all micro-credit programs in Liberia, including BRAC, LEAP, the Central Bank of Liberia  and major donors from the United States to brainstorm on how to collaborate and work together.

“FFW Liberia program has become a movement of change for women. Our program is unique because it is not just about money, but educating children, providing adult literacy and promoting leadership,” Madam Lindholm noted.

“One of the most powerful and popular piece of cloths in Liberia now is the Foundation for Women T-shirt because when women put them on they feel that they are part of something and they become powerful business women,” Madam Lindolm observed.

The FFW which currently boasts of 27 centers in seven counties with over 600 women who are borrowing money, is expected to cover the country’s 15 counties in the next two years, according to Madam Lindholm.

She thanked Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for the “wonderful support and direction” he is giving to the work of the Foundation for Women in Liberia.