Ashley Bush via Crowdrise
March 02, 2012
Last April I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Monrovia, Liberia. I watched 30 women receive full-time jobs. Since then, many more have gone through the same process b/c of The Liberian Women's Sewing Project.
Did you know that the unemployment and poverty rate hovers around 80% in Liberia? Good news is the LIBERIAN WOMEN'S SEWING PROJECT is working to change that.
In Liberia, women are excluded from the most productive sectors of the economy, BUT in reality--from what I saw, their compassion to improve the community can help pull the country out of poverty.
INSERT FROM MY JOURNAL: April 27th, 2011: "The women are all so inspiring, courageous, & beautiful. They came dressed in their Sunday Best, and looked absolutely ready to work hard & make their community a better place. I've never seen such motivated, dynamic women who've been through SO much I'll never understand.
"Tanneh, one of the first woman to receive a job, was raped during the civil war along with several of her female family members. Tanneh's grandfather was killed right in front of her eyes. I can't even imagine. She has this BEAUTIFUL strength, and when she talks, she moves the whole room. Now that she has a job, she says she sees the LIGHT. She keeps thanking me for coming to Liberia. Little does she know: she is my inspiration."
By donating, you are placing 100% of the programs graduates in full time jobs as sewing machine operators in Africa's first fair trade garment factory, Liberty & Justice. Your donation goes to directly to putting the women through the training, something they NEED in order to be qualified to work at Liberty & Justice, a factory run and owned by all Liberians. (the women own a percentage of the factory!!)
to learn more: www.madeinliberia.org