BRAC Renews Pledge To Empower Farmers, Marketers
By Richard Baysah, Margibi County Correspondent
KAKATA, Jan 24 (LINA) - The Branch Manager of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) -Liberia in Kakata, Margibi County, Roseline Kollie, says the organization will continue to empower farmers and marketers in the county in 2014.
Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency in Kakata Friday, Miss Kollie said in 2013 her organization gave farm inputs to over 100 farmers in Margibi County.
She said BRAC-Liberia also provides assistance in the areas of health and small enterprise development.
Ms. Kollie said under the Small Enterprise Program (SEP) marketers receive loans at an interest rate of 13 percent for five months and 25 percent for a whole year.
According to Ms. Kollie, BRAC extends loans to marketers and businesses ranging from 10,000 to 500,000 Liberian dollars.
She said under the agriculture program, BRAC has provided farm inputs, including cutlasses, hoes, seedlings, live cattle, among others to farmers in Margibi County.
In the area of health, BRAC provides family planning and low cost drugs for community members through its health workers, referring complicated cases to bigger medical facilities.
BRAC was established in 1972 after Bangladesh gained independence to assist rural inhabitants improve their living standard.
The largest NGO in the world, BRAC employs over 100,000 people with 70 percent of them women, reaching more than 128 million people in 14 countries, including Liberia.