The Informer (Monrovia)

Liberia: CARE Int'l Concludes Business Dev. Training for Volunteers

Several international organizations operating in the country have involved in the training of their local partners in the communities where they are operating.

One of such organizations is CARE International. Over the weekend, CARE International concluded a weeklong Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop on business development service.

According to Mr. Adolphus B. W. Doe, CARE International Extension Supervisor, the name of its training program is Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation (DCR) PAMOJA, with key areas of assignment in agriculture, village Saving and Loan (VSL) education and community government.

Under the Village Saving and Loan component, Mr. said CARE Liberia will train 200 village saving and loan associations with 5000 beneficiaries in 8 districts in Bong, Margibi and rural Montserrado Counties over a period of five years.

Up to date, Mr. Doe said 12 village saving and loan associations with 65 percent female membership have been formed and also trained in the VSL methodology.

Those methodologies include association management, financial record keeping, and saving and loan procedures with the total financial asset of LD6 million for these groups.

THE care International extension Supervisor have also disclosed that about 50 percent of the VSL members are farmers who are using loans taking from their VSL to purchase inputs for their farms.

As part of its continued training, CARE Liberia have concluded the training of 16 community volunteers as village agents from Bong, Margibi and Montserrado in business development skills.

Mr. Doe pointed out that this training of trainers workshop recently conducted over the weekend by CARE Liberia is intended to give them, skills that will enable them to training the VSL association in the three counties respectively.

Meanwhile, the participants of the recent CARE Liberia Training of Trainers workshop have expressed gratitude to CARE Liberia for the knowledge and skills provided them.

They therefore promised to uphold the skills provided them from the training.

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