Charles Cooper of Cookshop.biz was one of three Liberians who recently attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley from June 22-24. We spoke to him about his experiences and the connections he made while there, including his reflections on how Liberia and other African governments can promote local entrepreneurs.
As a young Liberian woman studying in the United States, I would love to move back to Liberia to incite some degree of change for my people. But I am afraid. While I want to return after I graduate, I do not feel protected in Liberia. I do not feel like my nation will have my back no matter what.
Local entrepreneurs have found that skilled managers and basic utilities for small businesses or lack thereof are impeding their vision for progress. One of these entrepreneurs is Archel Bernard, the owner of Mango Rags Boutique, a local business on the front line of Liberia’s comeback.