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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LHM-Liberia was forced to make adjustments to their vocational training program. Before the pandemic, LHM-Liberia held vocational training sessions for young women to learn practical skills, like sewing, that afterward they could take their skills and turn them into a job that would provide for their families. While the women gathered to practice their sewing by making shirts and dresses for their children, they would hear the Gospel message from the LHM-Liberia staff. During the pandemic, when government regulations restricted large gatherings, LHM-Liberia began offering their classes at different times and days, for smaller groups of women. They also moved classes outside when possible to stay out of buildings. In addition to adapting the classes to have fewer women together at a time, the program made the switch from making shirts and dresses to making cloth face masks. Since most people living in Liberia cannot afford imported face masks, the niche business of making and selling cloth face masks has become a way for women with sewing skills to earn some money for their families while family members working in other professions may have lost their jobs.

Korto is a graduate of the LHM-Liberia sewing school program and was able to get a job at a local tailoring shop since she had experience with sewing. She found confidence in herself after graduating from the program and can now provide for her family during this time when her relatives are unemployed. Korto works with a small group of women who hand-sew hundreds of face masks each week that they sell to locals. Not only is she using her skills to provide for her family, but she is helping the local economy by allowing people to buy masks locally instead of imported masks.

The masks Korto is making are being used by many people in Liberia. With the skills she learned at the LHM-Liberia training, she has been able to make masks that people desperately need, while also making money to provide for her family. She is grateful for LHM-Liberia for providing her the skills she needs and uses daily that also help protect members of her community from illness during this pandemic.

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