Project #220 | Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Liberia
Our Partnership with Camp for Peace Liberia
Despite local and international efforts to provide equal space for women to explore economic opportunities, women in Liberia still face discrimination and marginalization in many ways. Lack of skills training and restricted mobility prevents women from improving their livelihoods and accessing strategic employment opportunities. This leaves women vulnerable to harmful practices such as restricted access to education, arranged marriages, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, and sexual exploitation. Preventing these drivers is a crucial to ensuring gender balance in Liberia. Since 2015, Camp for Peace has provided vocational training and agribusiness entrepreneurship opportunities to rural young women to mitigate gender gaps.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Camp for Peace Liberia to create job opportunities for women who have graduated from Camp for Peace Liberia’s vocational school. The project purchased cassava processing equipment and essential materials to construct a processing facility and then established a women-owned cooperative, which operates and maintains the facility. Since completion, women in the cooperative can sustain themselves and their families through the sale of cassava-based products. This project provided decent work, sustainable livelihood, and economic participation for rural women, therefore reducing poverty and social exclusion.
Our Collective Impact
Cassava Processing Facilities Constructed
Rural Women With Increased Income Opportunities
Family Members Impacted
I was 8 years old when the Liberian civil war broke up in 1989. I lost my parents in the war and later fled to exile in Guinea in 1995. After the first war, I returned to Liberia, hoping that the civil war was over. Unfortunately, the conflict continued. I underwent multiple losses, including sexual assault, intimidation, marginalization, and forced marriage at the age of thirteen. I lost all childhood privileges with no opportunity to go to school or acquire skills to sustain myself. Through a friend, I learned about the Camp for Peace rehabilitation and vocational program. I enrolled without knowing how much I would acquire from this training program. After a year, I graduated with a certificate in agribusiness enterprise and marketing. Today I am a proud mother of two children. I understand the basic fundamentals of agriculture and how to plant and harvest my own food. I am thankful to Camp for Peace Liberia and partners for providing me with this opportunity.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our jobs and skills fund.