Vice President Boakai Extols the Foundation for Women

Monday, 15th June 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has commended the California-based Foundation for Women (FFW)  for partnering with the Liberian Government to empower Liberian women.
He observed that by extending micro-loans to market women, the FFW ias contributing in small measure to the Unity Party-led Governmentís Poverty Reduction Strategy, otherwise known as ĎLift Liberia.í

Vice President Boakai made the commendation during the weekend when an intern from the headquarters of the Foundation for Women, Mr. Andrew Hapke, who is in Liberia as guest of the Foundation for Women, accompanied by the Foundationís Country Director, Emily Peal, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building Office.

Vice President Boakai paid homage to the Founder of FFW, Deborah Lindholm, whom he described as a true humanitarian. He said her Foundation has transformed the lives of many women who had lost hope after losing everything, including their husbands during the conflict.

Earlier, Ms. Peal disclosed plans by the Foundation to increase the organizationís capacity to empower more Liberian women. She said the Foundation, which has empowered over 500 women with micro-loans in Bong, Nimba, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Margibi counties will this month extend its micro-credit loan program to Lofa County.

Ms. Peal said apart from extending micro-loans to small marketers, the Foundation has offered over 100 scholarships to students from kindergarten to college, and is also offering adult literacy classes for marketers. She said about 58 women have graduated from the Foundationís literacy program from Bong, Grand Bassa and Nimba counties.

Also briefing the Vice President, Mr. Hapke, a candidate for an MBA in Micro-Credit, said he was in the country on a two-month tour of duty. He said while in the country, he will help make the Foundation more effective to enable it to reach more women.

Mr. Hapke said he will structure the Foundationís financial systems and internal processes as well as work on grant proposals.