International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Learning to succeed

Saywon Tarlesson braids a customer's hair in her salon in a Monrovia suburb.
Boy stands next to a burning garbage dump near some homes in a Monrovia slum.
Joezel Mompleh sells fish to a local woman from her stall in a Monrovia market.
Annie Grant in her market stall in a Monrovia, Liberia suburb.
Ruth Famah arranges greens at her produce stand in a Liberian market.
Laurina Tokpah behind the counter in her shop in Monrovia, Liberia.
Christine Jacobs in her drink shop in Monrovia, Liberia
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

The IRC is helping disadvantaged girls and young women in Liberia learn a trade or start their own business.  So far, all the program's graduates have gone on to build successful businesses, an achievement that is all the more remarkable given the country’s dire poverty and the lack of opportunity for women.