A group of Liberians hailing from Lofa County residing in Grand Gedeh on New Year’s Day inaugurated the Lofa Association of Grand Gedeh.
The group, headed by Mrs. Musu Tamba, said the Association was organized in July 2013 with the aim of building a community of united Lofa natives in Grand Gedeh.
Mrs. Tamba said the group comprises more than two hundred members who are engaged in businesses across Grand Gedeh County.
Members of the association include dealers in building materials, used clothing and household utensils among other commodities and those engaged in gold mining, according to Mrs. Tamba.
She added that the Association seeks to empower its members by providing loans and other assistance to their fellow compatriots.
She disclosed that the group also aims to impact the county’s economy by what she described as “the opening of fabulous businesses.”
Mrs. Tamba, who is one of the leading building materials dealers in Zwedru, said members also rally to provide support to those who get married, graduate, celebrate birthdays and other achievements in their lives. The Lofa association also provides help to the sick and impoverished members, she added.
She disclosed plans to engage in large scale farming in Grand Gedeh in the coming years.
“Prior to the civil war, Lofa County was referred to as the breadbasket of Liberia. Now we have over two hundred of us living in Grand Gedeh and I know we can put Grand Gedeh on the map as the leading producer of bitter balls and pepper in the near future,” Mrs. Tamba said.
She said they have a very cordial relationship with the people of Grand Gedeh and the county’s authorities.
The launch of the Lofa Association of Grand Gedeh was attended by people from all walks of life, including Grand Gedeh Acting County Inspector Josephus Garley, a representative from the Zwedru City Mayor’s office, the Grebo, Nimba and business communities.
Some of the members of the association have been working and doing business in Grand Gedeh for over 25 years.
The Lofa association is an addition to a network of other tribal groups residing in the county. There are the Fulani communities, Nimba citizens, Grebo community and Kru associations in Grand Gedeh.
The festivity, which included a parade through the principal streets of Zwedru and an indoor program, was graced by musician Patrick Tamba Kailando, a Lofa native who also performs his music in Guinea and Sierra Leone.