Used Clothes, Sneakers, Cosmetics to the Rescue

first_imgThe current economic hardship and the absence of adequate employment are pushing a large number of Liberians to engage in petty trading.One of the most popular businesses is trading in used goods, including clothing, sneakers and cosmetics.At the corner of 18th Street in Sinkor, next to a popular restaurant frequented by the large expatriate community in Monrovia, is located a small outside business. “I started this business a month ago,” Ms. Tina Stevens told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday. “Though this location does not have many people, yet we thank God that at least we have something to depend on.” Ms. Stevens said she is in the business with twenty five year-old Young Ford, who explained that he graduated from high school in Ghana in 2011. “I came back home and there is not much employment,” Ford told the Daily Observer, “but I did not let that discourage me and we started this small business.” Ford has a child of four years. Ms. Stevens said, “We got the initial capital from a relative abroad and though we sell one or two pairs of sneakers a day, it is okay for now.” Ms. Stevens admitted she does not have adequate business knowledge save the one she has grown up with. She is in her early twenties and is determined to continue at the local community on 18th Street. “My objective is to grow this business to be able to own a store,” she said, “but it will take time.” True, growing a business demands knowledge that can grow the business one step at a time. She also admitted, “We pay the Monrovia City Corporation for the use of this location.” And though she has not heard of the Liberia Business Association, headed by Mr. D. Maxwell Kamayah, she expressed interest in meeting with the LBA president in the hope that her dream of securing a future loan to develop her business could move one step ahead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil has expressed concern over the latest debacle involving SUSI applications ahead of the new academic year after the online application system crashed.Reacting to news that SUSI has been forced to extend its application deadline due to ‘technical difficulties’, Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue said the chaotic start for this year’s applications does not bode well.“I very much hope this is just a temporary glitch and not a sign of more chaos to come,” said Deputy McConalogue. “The SUSI system was a complete disaster last year, causing serious problems for thousands of students across the country. We have been reassured by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn that these issues have been addressed and students will not face the same level of difficulties this year. That is why it’s particularly disappointing that thousands of students applying to SUSI ahead of yesterday’s deadline were unable to do so after the website crashed.“SUSI is an online grant application system and it only stands to reason that it would face increased traffic ahead of the deadline. This should have been anticipated and arrangements made to ensure the website could handle the level of applications. It is basic common sense.“This system is now in its second year and there is no excuse for the kind of chaos and upheaval we saw last year. The onus is on Minister Quinn to take charge of the situation and personally see to it that students who are entitled to a grant receive it without unnecessary delays this year.”  DONEGAL TD SLAMS CHAOTIC START TO SUSI APPLICATIONS AS SYSTEM CRASHES was last modified: August 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL TD SLAMS CHAOTIC START TO SUSI APPLICATIONS AS SYSTEM CRASHESlast_img read more