Joeann is from the Kpelleh tribe, the largest tribe in Liberia. She migrated to Monrovia due to the civil war in 1990. She is earnest and hardworking.
Because of financial difficulties experienced by Joeann parents, she was unable to complete her high school education. She left Liberia in 2016 with the aim of reaching Europe through Libya. She was unsuccessful and had to return to Liberia in 2018 with the assistance of IOM. While in Niger, she learned how to produce handbags, waistbands, among other things. using local materials.

Returned migrants play a central role as Volunteers in the development, planning and implementation of the Migrants as Messengers campaign.

Through their stories, the learnings from their migratory experiences and their creativity, MaM Volunteers are the principal authors and actors of the campaign. From 2019-2022, a community of more than 300 volunteers across 7 countries will develop and grow. This community will also have access to diversified training and capacity-building opportunities and be invited to regular activities to support the development of an organic and sustainable community. Female engagement plays an important role within the MaM Volunteer community as they will take the lead in shaping women-to-women dialogue sessions and engaging female audiences more generally.

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