Libations for Liberia

Libations for Liberia is the name of Yassah's Sisters' fundraiser Friday at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette. The event kicks off Friday night at 6pm and tickets are $25 dollars at the door.

There will be music, food, T-shirts and jewelry for sale. All of the proceeds benefit women in West Africa by going towards the purchase of farming supplies. The founder, Fran Clarke, was inspired by a Liberian refugee and has since dedicated her time to raising money and awareness to help women in a small village of Liberia.

The project began as a way to help twenty five women and has already grown to one hundred and ten women. The seeds, machetes and axes they have received have completely changed their lives. For the first time, women are allowed to attend meetings, own peanut farms and celebrate their hard work and victories.

In the past, they were required to do the farming without any representation in village communications. Fran Clarke recently approved the purchase of peanut shellers and oil pressers for the village that are expected to further revolutionize the economy.

Next Thursday, Clarke leaves for Liberia, bringing solar lanterns with her as a gift for the people. It will be the first time they have light after dark. To learn more information about the work of Yassah's Sisters, a subsidiary of Change Agent Network, Inc. a non-profit group, you can visit their website

Erin Nicole

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