The 50 beneficiaries, who were drawn from around Paynesville and its environs, were trained in soap making and small business management.
The training was conducted by the United Youth for Peace, Education, Transparency and Development in Liberia (UYPETDL).
According to the Executive Director of UYPETDL, Timothy Kpeh, the United States Embassy in Monrovia provided the sum of US$8,000 to his group to offer the training to 100 Liberians.
“This is just the first circle of 50 young people that we started training in soap making and small business management since August 2015,” Timothy told Capitol Times.
He said training for the second circle of 50 young people gets underway at the end of February.
Speaking to Capitol Times at the graduation ceremony of the trainees over the weekend, Gormah Paye of the Omega Block “E” area in Paynesville, who is a beneficiary of the program, thanked the facilitators for the opportunity and appealed for advance training.
Gormah said: “I am going to put what I’ve learned into use. I don’t even want to stop here. I want more training. I even want to train other people from what I have learned.”
For his part, another beneficiary, Henry Neufville said he is now making his own soap for sale.
“I was sitting home and doing nothing when I heard about this program. And since I started the training, I started putting what I learn into use,” Henry added.
The Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund is a grassroots assistance program that allows the United States Ambassador to respond directly to requests from communities for small-scale, community-based development projects that promise to have immediate impact.
In Liberia since 2004, the program has funded projects including the construction of schools, latrines and hand pumps in addition to income-generation projects like the purchase of rice mills and farina processing machines to benefit Liberia’s diverse population including women, children, orphans, the disabled and former combatants.