Liberia’s history has been shaped by two civil wars, both of which have led to widespread levels of poverty and limited development.
Millions of people in Liberia do not have access to clean water or safe sanitation facilities. This causes the spread of diseases, such as the Ebola virus during the epidemic of 2014-15.
The majority of workers are casual labourers on farm land, and most people rely on growing their own crops for food. It can be difficult for farmers to access markets to sell their produce and make an income, especially during the rainy season when roads can become impassable.
Liberia has a huge youth unemployment problem. Most families are unable to pay for their children to go to school, and there are very few jobs available for those who do graduate high school.