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HOPE is Growing in Liberia

Aug 24, 2021 | Homepage, News & Updates, Thought Leadership

Program Facilitator and Instructor Ama Harris of Rosetta Steps Education Center shares an overview of the program.

HOPE is growing in Liberia – literally and figuratively. On Friday, August 20, 2021 at Musu’s Spot in Monrovia, Liberia, the Official Community Launch of the Harnessing Opportunities to Promote Entrepreneurship (HOPE) program was held.

Run by Empowerment Squared in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, HOPE has recruited 75 economically and socially disadvantaged Liberians aged 18-35 who are being empowered through digital literacy, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship skills. They are also being provided counselling and seed funds to support their self-employment. This program builds on Empowerment Squared’s efforts in establishing the Liberian Learning Center. In class training is currently being held in Paynesville and in New Kru Town.

At the community launch, program participants, supporters, and stakeholders connected and celebrated their progress to date and opportunities ahead. Program developers and trainers spoke, along with representatives from Empowerment Squared Liberia’s Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Monrovia, Rosetta Steps Education Center, and Youth Crime Watch Liberia. The event was live streamed by Spoon TV.

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Empowerment Squared’s Executive Director Leo Nupolu Johnson welcomes and congratulates participants and supporters.

Program Advisor Mark John Stewart discusses potential entrepreneurial opportunities for participants.

Veda Simpson of Rotary Club of Monrovia speaks to the relationship between Empowerment Squared and Rotary International and the club’s commitment to service in the community.

Graduates of the KUWO Leadership Program are congratulated and presented with new mobile phones to support their activities.

Participants and supporters of the HOPE program.