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CUSD empowers 240 business in River Gee

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One of the beneficiaries  in the county
One of the beneficiaries in the county

( 24, 2015)-About 240 business people in River Gee and Nimba Counties have been empowered by the Community Union for Sustainable Development (CUSD).

CUSD empowered the more than two hundred business people through its Small Business Grant Initiative.

The initiative, under the organization’s one-year project named and styled: “In –Kind Grant Disbursement Project,” is being supported by Diakonie, an international organization.

Diakonie is a faith-based German humanitarian organization supported by the German Government through German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The beneficiaries are drawn from Saclepea, Zoe-Geh, Tappita and Ganta as well as Putupo in Nimba and River Gee Counties, respectively.

These areas were hard-hit by the recent Ebola outbreak in the country. Each of the 240 beneficiaries was provided goods valued at US$450.00.

According to the Community Union for Sustainable Development Program Coordinator, Vincent Sahn, the goods do not represent a revolving program, but intended for the people to improve their livelihood, following the Ebola menace in Liberia.

They were also given bags of slippers, used clothing, and cartons of toothpaste and matches, as well as several five-gallon containers of vegetable oil.

The beneficiaries also received some rubber dishes, and bags of onions, salt, caustic, among others.

He said the project is also extended to individuals involved in hair dressing and cosmetology as means of improving their businesses.

Mr. Sahn: “The Small Business Grant beneficiaries are former sellers, prior to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country, but dropped from their business activities as a result of the pandemic’s outbreak.”

Meanwhile, beneficiaries of the grant, Isata Ruth Naiyee, thanked CUSD for initiating the project.

Madam Naiyee said: “We are indeed grateful to CUSD for providing us five-day intensive business management skills to help us properly manage our businesses, unlike the past when we operated without plans and directions”.

Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, she said: “We will make CUSD and partners proud by using the items correctly to open the doors to other business people in Nimba and River Gee Counties to benefit.”


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