WHERE WE WORK
Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Nimba, and Lofa Counties - Empowering Women, Building Economic Livelihoods Skills:
Since the inception of our social microfinance program in 2019, LSL has trained and supported over 500 women with loans. Learning Squared Liberia believes that increasing financial inclusion and teaching financial literacy empowers underserved women to take control of their lives, livelihoods, and children’s education. Learning Squared's social microfinance program aims to help women create and build assets to increase their income, improve their lives, and support their communities. Our program helped establish village loan groups so that they can engage in income-generating activities and use their income to improve household living conditions for themselves and their families. We encourage women to kick-start their entrepreneurial journey or scale existing businesses by providing loans. Our commitment doesn't stop there; we also offer scholarship opportunities to the children of these empowered women. Through this initiative, we're creating a ripple effect of economic development and nurturing the next generation of educated citizens.
With every county we touch, Learning Squared Liberia continues to spark hope, sow the seeds of progress, and strengthen the fabric of communities. Together, we are building a resilient Liberia, square by square, step by step.
Montserrado, Bomi, Bassa and Margibi Counties. Elevate Education: Empowering Children through Access to Quality Learning:
Learning Squared supports children's education and implements back-to-school programs in Liberia to address the challenges of limited access to education and promote educational opportunities for children by providing essential educational materials, including textbooks, stationery, and learning resources, to schools and students. This ensures that students have the necessary tools for effective learning. Learning Squared also offers training and professional development programs for teachers to enhance their teaching skills, instructional methods, and classroom management techniques. This ensures that teachers are well-equipped to deliver quality education to students. Through these initiatives, Learning Squared aims to increase access to education, improve educational quality, and promote equal opportunities for all children in Liberia. By supporting schools, teachers, students, and communities, they contribute to the overall development and well-being of the education sector in the country.
Gbarpolu County – Enhancing Citizen's Participation and Fostering Democracy
In Gbarpolu County, we proudly lead the Elections and Democracy Activity (EDA). EDA is designed to ensure that Liberia’s democratic development and process are locally driven and inclusive to ensure Liberians determine the progress of their democracy. EDA makes issue-based politics relevant to citizens, applies Social and Behavioral Science insights, and puts forward Liberian voices to move beyond aid dependence. Democracy International (DI) implements EDA in collaboration with other, Civil Society Organizations. Our three-pronged approach includes amplifying the voices of marginalized groups in political processes, nurturing civic knowledge and a sense of duty, and advancing the self-reliance of electoral bodies and CSOs to independently manage and observe all stages of the electoral cycle.
Liberia, located on the west coast of Africa, is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse natural landscapes. As a nation recovering from a prolonged civil war, Liberia has made significant strides toward stability and development in recent years. Liberia gained independence in 1847, becoming the first African republic. However, the country faced decades of political and social challenges, including two devastating civil wars from 1989 to 2003. The conflicts resulted in widespread displacement, loss of life, and significant damage to infrastructure and institutions.
The country is home to numerous ethnic groups, each with its traditions, languages, and customs. Music, dance, and art play a significant role in Liberian culture, reflecting the richness and diversity of its people. While Liberia continues to face socio-economic challenges, the resilience and determination of its people, along with support from international organizations and partners, are driving positive change. Liberia's ongoing journey toward stability, development, and inclusive growth offers hope for a brighter future.