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RECIPIENT: Oretha – Age 36

Empowered by: Anonymous Donor

Oretha is a single mother of 6 children. The town where they lived does not have a decent school near by. For a few years, Oretha’s sister had been encouraging her to move to Monrovia for the children to go to school. In 2015 they finally moved to Monrovia and were living with the sister and her 3 children. Oretha had been taking care of all of the children and doing the house work while her sister went to work. Four months ago (April 2016), her sister came home from work with a head ache. After one week, the sister died. Oretha told me: ” They told me my sister died from African sign. Since my sister passed away, all the children are on me and we are managing. The children will not go to school this year because my sister who was doing everything for us is gone. I came to see Girl Power can please help me with something to sell to support me and the children”. These are photos of Oretha receiving her new supply of selling goods to now be able to successfully start her very own business. This was made possible by the donations from an Anonymous donor.


2017 UPDATE: Success story

Oretha’s day starts at 3:00 a.m. to prepare her fufu and soup (a staple Liberian food). She is at the market by the crack of dawn, where construction workers are waiting to buy breakfast from her before going to work. “The Fufu Lady”, as she is affectionately known, literally has a line of men waiting for her arrival! Oretha is a recipient of the Top 20 Girl Power 2016 Most Improved Business Award. Congratulations Fufu Lady!This is a current picture of Oretha with the children, who are in their uniforms ready for school!