There is a rise in local giving among Liberians; a welcome development, especially in a time of economic crisis and deepening poverty.
Everyone in Liberia has one way or another experienced the powerful bite of a mosquito. Most Liberians, especially those who cannot afford to purchase a mosquito coil or net, experience restless nights, mainly during the dry season.
Liberians have ingenious ways to ask for gifts around major holidays. During this independence period, not a day passed without us hearing someone say, “My 26 on you.” In most cases, the person who the “26” was on gave money.
Many Liberian leaders would agree that for a poor country like ours, entrepreneurship is key to growing the economy, creating employment opportunities for the many unskilled young people and securing the fragile peace.
Jones is the first TED Fellow from Liberia. At FACE Africa, she has worked to strengthen water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure and programs in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Liberia’s River Cess.
SMART Liberia officially launched its Sustainable Development Goals Tour on March 17, 2017 at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
When Mustapha walked in our offices, he had no idea where his next school fees would come from. He had been kicked out of the exam hall because he was behind on his tuition payment. His father, jobless, and his mother, a “sweet pad” seller could not raise enough money to put food on their table, let alone pay his school fees.
Three young women entrepreneurs emerged as winners of SMART Liberia’s GET program’s inaugural Ideas Festival on Saturday, September 10.