Mary is a member of one of Restless Development’s 300 Girls Clubs, run by young volunteers in Sierra Leone.
The club taught her life skills, business skills and how to save money. With a small start-up grant of 250,000 Leones (around £20) from Restless Development, she started her own small petty trading business, where she went from village to village, selling rice, soap and fish. From this she was able to save enough to buy some essential items for herself, and even to help her mother to start her own shop. Her mother then used the profits from her shop to pay farm laborers to support their family farm so that Mary can concentrate on her studies and saving to go to university.
Mary completed her West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which was a dream she never thought would come true. She’s now more determined than ever to ensure she uses the skills and knowledge gained from Restless Development’s young volunteers.
Mary is now a role model amongst her younger peers, and uses her free time to talk to them about business skills and knowledge.
This project is a blessing to me, it has brought a dream to reality which I never thought of, by breaking the suffering for me and my mum through the grant. I now have more knowledge about how to take care of myself as a girl, especially during menstruation.Mary
Mary is one of the 8,636 girls reached by our project which aims to develop the entrepreneurship skills and self care practices of young and marginalized adolescent girls.
My mother now has peace of mind and feels happy.Mary