Africa’s leading Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturing company “Liberty & Justice” / founder Chid Liberty @chidegar

Chid Liberty 

“The resilience of Liberian women played a huge part in me becoming a social entrepreneur” 

 retweeting  · 1 May 2013 

Liberty & Justice is transforming the apparel supply chain from worker exploitation and environmental degradation to partnership and sustainability. Producers and consumers are aligned in making economic choices that result in the eradication of poverty, the responsible stewardship of the environment, and the empowerment of workers through the fair exchange of quality goods and services. 

Chid Liberty was born in Liberia, a country ravaged by 14 years of civil war. His family was forced to seek refuge from Liberia’s political unrest and came to the United States. In 2008, Chid made the decision to return to Liberia. He was stirred by the stories his parents told him about his birthplace and family and wanted to go back to his roots.

In 2009, Chid co-founded Liberty and Justice with his best friend, Adam Butlein, in hopes of contributing to Liberia’s economic recovery. The Liberian grassroots women’s organizations and their peace and social justice movement inspired Chid. He knew that studies showed that income in the hands of women is more likely to be reinvested in activities that will benefit the family and children. He also saw that the women of Liberia are excluded from the most productive sectors of the economy, and the vast majority of petty trading jobs employing women from slum areas pay less than $1 per day. Liberty and Justice is a unique hybrid social enterprise comprising for-profit and non-profit entities. They develop local African factories and connect them with international retailers and individual consumers. These factories produce fair-trade apparel for American and European retailers, replacing a culture of sweatshops with a culture of sweat equity. Liberty and Justice created Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified apparel factories. Every woman who works for Liberty and Justice receives health insurance and equity in the factory (the women workers own 49% of the factories) and 100% of any savings they retain in their savings account for one year is matched, allowing them to save and invest in land, business ventures and education. Liberty and Justice projects exceeding $15 millon in annual revenues in 2014.

 · Apr 22  Mixing it Up with one of my favorite writers  … in a country emerging from the violence and destruction of a civil war, Liberty expected to face everything from corruption to power outages and failing infrastructure. Overcoming one hurdle, however, had unexpected benefits.

Within the first month opening the factory in Monrovia, the capital, Liberty was preparing the paperwork needed to obtain Fairtrade status. This would mean that the workers would receive above the average local wage.

He came to the section of the Fairtrade audit relating to the creation of human resources records. “I thought, no problem – everyone just needs to bring in a birth certificate, social security card or even a passport,” he recalls.

But when he put this to the workforce at the next meeting he was greeted by expressions of dismay. None of the women had birth certificates or any kind of official identity documents. “It was one of those ‘working in Africa’ moments,” he says.

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Liberty & Justice — Africa’s leading Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturing company — specializes in value chain management for high-volume, time-sensitive, duty-free goods for leading American clothing brands, trading companies, and other importers who care about exceptional quality, on-time delivery, social and environmental impact, and geographic diversity.

2011 Social Venture Network Innovation Award winner

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