While the lives of women in Sierra Leone have improved in many areas, the pace has been slow. According to the Sierra Leone 2015 Population and Housing Census, 28% of women are the sole or main income producer and decision-maker with no education and paid employment, and 66% of women do not have the ability to read and write in any language. World Hope believes every person should have the opportunity to live a life of dignity; to not only survive but to prosper, to have the ability to provide food, shelter, and an education for one’s family. Through a corporate sponsorship by Tree of Life Bookstores, World Hope International has constructed a bakery, introduced business training, and launched a new, womenled business in Makeni, Sierra Leone, called the “Betteh Bakery.” Officially dedicated and commissioned in July 2019 in a ceremony well attended by many community members and local church leaders, the bakery affords women the opportunity to gain leadership and business skills, establish a bakery, and link the business to market.
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