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Feb 13, 2013

Training Helps the Cotton Tree Community

Sea Rocks Owner Momo Dasay explains his work.
Sea Rocks Owner Momo Dasay explains his work.

Sea Rocks Construction faces a lot of challenges. Thanks to Building Markets’ training, made possible through the United States Agency for International Development and your generous contributions, winning contracts is no longer one of them.

After attending SMI-L’s general procurement training, Sea Rocks won a $28,000 contract from the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment. Momo Dasay, co-owner of Sea Rocks, attributed their success to the SMI-L’s training.

“We had a different way of filling in bids. Building Markets made it simple; they gave us all the rules of the bid,” said Dasay. “The training was very important for us in winning this contract.”

Building Markets’ training encompasses proposal writing, environmental regulations and financial management, among other subjects. To date, thanks to Building Markets’ training, locally owned businesses have won almost $70,000 worth of contracts, creating 8 new full-time jobs and an additional 6 part-time jobs. All of the project’s services combined have helped businesses win $4,259,357 worth of contracts.

Sea Rocks is a construction and renovation company located in Cotton Tree, a small town located about 30 minutes drive east of Monrovia. The contract is for road culverts, which is a drainage system that allows water to flow underneath roads. Culverts are important to Liberia’s infrastructure. Without them the heavy rains of Liberia’s wet season make the roads impassible, disrupting domestic trade.

Sea Rocks hires short-term labor to work as needed. Two skilled workers were hired to work on this contract. Dasay has a dream for developing sustainable employment for the Liberians of Cotton Tree. He spoke of establishing a scholarship program for members of his community who cannot afford advanced schooling. “If our business grows, we want to…help people who are willing to learn but don’t have the cash,” Dasay said. “Then maybe they can work for us.”

“This contract means a lot. We put our lives into this business,” Dasay said. “This contract helps educate our children, makes our wives happy, changes our status in life. We want to maintain this business. We depend on this for our livelihoods.” 

Thank you again for your generous support. Building Markets' work in Liberia is also made possible by USAID: through the American people.

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