Liberian social enterprise Jola House on May 21, 2014 received a Chevron grant of US$50,000 for a sewing workshop project in Liberia.
Jola House is a social initiative with the primary goal of reducing economic inequality among women by developing income generating opportunities through training, production, marketing and export of handmade products; and by promoting fair work and trading principles through practice.
Presenting the grant recently in Monrovia, Chevron's country Manager, Karl Cottrell said it was the pleasure of the company (Chevron) to establish a relationship with the Jola House Foundation.
Mr. Cottrell also said he is proud of their efforts to build the capacity of women in Liberia.
The founder of Jola House, Mrs. Elfreda Mayson, thanked Chevron for the grant and said it would help her entity train more women in the country.
“We are honored for such grant because it came at the right time. This will enable us train most of our Liberian women and girls who actually want to better their lives”.
The grant will spend on the following: six months training for approximately fifty women, social and economic support for the trainees while they attend the training, commercial-grade sewing equipment and machinery and leasing of a newer and bigger facility where the training workshop will be conducted.
Jola House was established in 2012 and registered as a non-governmental organization in the Republic of Liberia, situated on the Du Port Road, Paynesville City. Jola House currently conducts a skills training program and 90% of the trainees have become full-time employees. The entity plans to expand to Grand Bassa and River Cess Counties soon. The organization won, for the 2nd time in a row, the prize for the “most innovative product” at the 2014 MSME conference.
Jola House is also a recent recipient of the Richard Branson Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and its founder, Mrs. Elfreda Mayson, will receive ten days of training in South Africa and be assigned a mentor through the BCA Liberia to prioritize the marketing of products created by the women in the project.
Also, in February of this year, Jola House hosted her first Annual Awards Dinner for women of the organization.