In her new role, the Liberian native will serve to encourage and promote business and philanthropic investments throughout the county, beginning with FACE Africa's 'County by County’ or 'CbC' Commitment, which will seek to construct 250 wells and hand-pumps in River Cess County by 2017. The initiative, scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2012, will provide complete water coverage to the county, benefiting over 60,000 residents, and will ensure that River Cess meets the Liberian Government’s 250 persons per safe waterpoint standard. Additionally, through her newly formed company, Empire Group Incorporated, Ms. Kaba Jones will advocate domestic and foreign investment opportunities within River Cess County in the areas of mining, agriculture, hospitality and transportation.
River Cess is one of Liberia’s least developed and most isolated counties, as many households were displaced during the nation’s civil war which ended in 2005. The county is rich in natural resources, but has limited road and basic services infrastructure. However, River Cess possesses numerous opportunities for investments, including fertile agricultural land ideal for growing cassava, cocoa, yam, plantain, coffee, sugar cane, rice, coconut and palm. The county has ample potential mineral resources such as gold and diamond that are yet to be tapped and the scenic beauty adds to its value for tourism. The discoveries of both crude oil along its costal line and iron ore in the north of the County reflect significant investment potential at various entry points.
"Given Saran’s strong commitment to improving the livelihood of Liberians through the provision of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities and economic opportunities, I am confident that she will be a compelling and eloquent advocate in focusing attention on these and related issues in our County. I very much look forward to working with her to serve the County of River Cess and its residents" says Mr. Geevon-Smith, River Cess County Superintendent.
About FACE Africa
FACE Africa is a nonprofit organization and social enterprise that works to provide access to clean and safe drinking water to communities in Liberia where millions suffer from waterborne illnesses. The organization also works to empower women through skills training and employment. Since 2009, FACE Africa has completed water and sanitation projects that have benefited close to 5,000 people in rural Liberia. The organization's donors and supporters include the Voss Foundation, P&G/ Covergirl, the Global Neighborhood Fund, Chase Bank and Actress Whitney Port who traveled to Liberia in October 2010 to tour the work of FACE Africa.
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