A single mother of two, Helena Dulleh used to work hard labor just to make sure her children ate each day.
Unable to finish her primary schooling, she worked for other community members in day labor jobs and burned charcoal for sale. Even with this hard work, she only earned LR$200 (US$1.00) a day.
An Array of Opportunity
Joining BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation (UPG) program has provided Helena with skills and resources to help build a sustainable livelihood that isn’t reliant on day-to-day employment.
Through UPG, Helena received three pigs as a primary asset and ten chickens as a secondary asset.
By rearing and selling piglets, she has raised enough money to establish a small table market and to diversify her income by investing in a soap production business.
“I am extremely motivated by the level of training received from the program,” Helena said. “The knowledge and skills have helped me greatly in maintaining my business and other businesses I have added.”
The Beginning of Major Successes
She now has seven pigs after selling four to invest in her business and has expanded her enterprises.
In addition to raising pigs and investing in the soap production business, Helena now sells slappers and drinks in the market and uses the profit to take care of daily expenses.
“Other friends in the community have recognized my success and are proud of me,” Helena said. “Friends even take credit from me to pay back after some days.”
Never Too Old to Learn
Along with her growing enterprises, Helena also decided to go back to school.
While she was previously unable to complete her education due to financial hardship, Helena’s new income has allowed her to return to school.
Now in the ninth grade, Helena plans to continue on after graduation to complete secondary school.
“My biggest dream is to complete university through the help of my diverse businesses,” she said.