According to World Bank, more than half of the population of Liberia (54 %) live below the poverty line. BRAC in Liberia was established to alleviate poverty through our holistic, integrated approach. Our programmes currently reach across 10 counties of Liberia. Our microfinance programme provides micro and small enterprise loans, reaching areas not covered by banks. Microloans are targeted to meet the needs of women while enterprise loans target both female and male small enterprise owners. In 2016, we introduced mobile money to make transactions even more convenient.
We operate 33 public primary schools in partnership with the government and 30 community based early childhood development centres. Our clubs for adolescents empower girls economically and socially by providing life skills, livelihoods training and creating access for them to receive microloans. We also focus on reproductive health, family planning, maternal, newborn and child health, as well as prevention and control of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. We are scaling poultry and agro-solutions and exploring social enterprise and improved technology through our feed mill. We also conducted Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Assessment of six counties to integrate risk reduction in our food security programme.
In 2017, BRAC in Liberia was honoured by the President of Liberia, Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for our contribution towards alleviating poverty in the country. The President admitted BRAC into the Humane Order of Africa Redemption and conferred upon us the Grade of “Knight Commander”.
Population: 4.6 million (World Bank, 2016) GDP per capita: USD 455 (World Bank, 2016) People living below poverty line: 54% (World Bank, 2014)