The 14-year civil war in Liberia affected all aspects of society, displacing thousands of families, disrupting the economy and destroying critical infrastructure. Following the war’s end, the country has struggled to repair socio-economic conditions, with 54% of the country still in poverty. Since 2010, Shelter for Life has implemented projects that include: public infrastructure reconstruction of bridges, latrines and roads; shelter and settlement services; access to finances through micro-grants; and vocational training in agricultural practice and business.
In partnership with OIC International, our team implemented a Food-for-Work program as a part of the USAID/OICI HANDS (Health, Agriculture, Nutrition, Development and Sustainability) program. With a focus on agricultural market development, our team developed vocational training and micro-grants initiatives, as well as provided food to community members in return for working on projects that benefited the community. This included: road rehabilitation and infrastructure reconstruction work programs, small jumpstart grants, intertwined with extensive agricultural training, mentoring and coaching, followed by the distribution of $100 micro-grants.
Micro-grants given to 422 farmers; 123 community members employed through the food-for-work program; 6 new shelters, 2 bridges and several latrines constructed.