Economic Empowerment for Women in Liberia
Featuring Chid Liberty of Made In: Liberia
-June 8th, 2011-
The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) meeting will take place on Wednesday June 8th, 2011 and will feature Chid Liberty (Co-Founder of Liberty & Justice and Founder of Made In: Liberia) as he discusses his thriving, multi-national social enterprises. Together, Liberty & Justice and Made In: Liberia provides the platform and tools necessary for enterprising women in Liberia to shift from unproductive trades in the informal economy to formal employment in productive small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
Join us as Chid discusses how his organization is revolutionizing the fair trade industry while providing economic opportunity for women in post-conflict Liberia.
“We give the Gaps and Levis and Pranas of the world an easy way to buy sustainably sourced African cotton.” -Chid Liberty
When: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
6:00pm – 6:30pm – Drinks, appetizers, networking
6:30pm – 7:15pm – Intros & Speaker presentation
7:15pm – 7:30pm – Q & A
7:30pm – 8:00pm – Networking
in advance: $20 regular attendee | $10 students, non-profits (w/ ID)
at the door: $30 regular attendee | $20 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
(includes dinner + drinks)
Where: Swedish American Hall (Upstairs) – 2174 Market Street , San Francisco, CA 94114
To register, please click on the SVMN registration link here (Order now – seating is limited!):
Before co-founding Liberty & Justice Chid worked in finance and information systems for several high growth technology companies including Metavante Corporation (now Fidelity National Information Services), Mindjet, and Trilogy Integrated Resources. A Liberian native, Chid left Africa as an eighteen month old baby when his father became the Liberia’s Ambassador to Germany with residence in Bonn. Chid’s family later fled to the United States to escape Liberia’s deteriorating political situation.
In addition to his work at Liberty & Justice, Chid lectures extensively on social entrepreneurship and innovation, most recently at Princeton University, Tennessee State, and the University of Liberia where he serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Monrovia Business Startup Center, a program funded by SPARK, a Dutch NGO, and other European partners. He sits on TransFair USA’s Fair Trade Certified Apparel Multistakeholder Group where he helps to guide Fair Trade Certified apparel policy for the United States. Chid was also awarded the Cordes Fellowship in 2010 and sits on the 2011 Cordes Fellowship Selection Committee where he helps give emerging social entrepreneurs a chance to attend the Opportunity Collaboration, a four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat for change-makers engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises.
About Made In: Liberia
Made In: Liberia (MIL) is a US based non-profit organization, that supports capacity building programs in Liberia, West Africa. MIL exists to empower Liberian women by providing them with the training and skills necessary to participate in the global economic market while promoting sustainable development and increasing access to education and healthcare.
MIL’s mission is to provide the platform and the tools necessary for women in Liberia to transfer from unproductive trades in the informal economy to formal employment in productive Small and Medium Sized Enterprises making sustainable products and services for domestic markets.