After years of brutal civil war, Liberia was hit by the worst Ebola epidemic in history, which shut down the country and economy. However, five years on, young people are reclaiming their futures. With 60% of the country’s population under the age of 35 and a huge lack of employment opportunities, SPARK is focused on creating jobs. We support talented entrepreneurs to make sustainable businesses to boost the local economy, provide youth with relevant skills for the business market to increase employability and improve the capabilities of smallholder farmers.
Programmes in this location
EU Liberia Agriculture Programme (EULAP)
SPARK aims to develop strong agri-entrepreneurs and businesses working in nutrition-rich farming sectors in 7 of Liberia’s countries, in order…
Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Project (YEEP)
YEEP stimulates the entrepreneurial ecosystem among potential entrepreneurs and students through skills training, business knowledge sharing, linkages and other support…
MFS-II was a pivotal part of SPARK’s development as an expert organisation. Promoting entrepreneurship and job creation, MFS-II contributed to…
“Women-led farming incubator don PPE”
Rugie is the female founder of Liberia Business Incubator (LBI), a food-processing agri-business that trains women farmers. She is relieved that her sector can continue to produce vital food supplies, but the cost of PPE is taking its toll.
“We are the ones creating the fundamentals for stability and growth”
Mahmoud won the SPARK Business Plan competition with his company, J-Palm, and got a chance to be funded. His company uses a waste-free manufacturing process to create a line of affordable, organic palm oil-based skin and hair care products. Then palm kernels are used to make a substitute for wood charcoal.
Opening pathways to employment
514Business Plan Comp Participants