Republic of Liberia
The progress of women and girls across Liberia continues to be hampered by the after effects of the Liberian civil war – Gender-based Violence (GBV), safety, a lack of access to quality education, illiteracy and employment. The combination of these factors worsen the cycle of poverty as women are unable to properly care for themselves and their families. Jola House meet the needs of women and girls through a sustainable economic approach that is focused on private sector development and generating employment opportunities.
Jola House is a social enterprise committed to the transformation and empowerment of women and girls. Its primary goal is to directly address the social and economic needs of vulnerable young girls and women through training, employment, and the sale of local products. Its vocational and business development trainings aim to increase the number of women who have gainful employment. At the end of their training program, women secure employment at Jola House, at local shops, factories, or start their own businesses. Most of the women at Jola House are recruited from the Duport Road and red-light district of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. Jola House helps women from these communities become skillful workers, provide for their families, and find new pathways to break the cycle of poverty.
Since opening its doors, Jola House has created a six-month training program where trainees learn a variety of skills in machine-based sewing techniques, design, pattern making and merchandising, as well as business development. This helps trainees move from small-scale local trading to competing in the international marketplace. Approximately 90% of Jola House trainees become full-time employees.