Sirleaf Market Women Fund Board Announces Several Changes

By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy

The Board of Directors of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF) has announced changes in its leadership, both locally and internationally.

Mr. Zarr Yarpah was appointed as the new acting Executive Director in Liberia while Dorothy Davis was elected new chairperson of the international Board of Directors replacing the founding chairperson and president, Dr. Thelma Awori. Madam Pia Brown was also appointed as vice chairperson in its New York office while Dr. Margaret Snyder, founding vice president, will remain on the SMWF International Board of Directors until December.

The SMWF is comprised of two independent organizations locally and internationally, each of them with their own governing Board of Directors. Madam Olivia Shannon serves as chairperson of its local Board of Directors.

Madam Shannon described Mr. Yarpah who replaces Margretta Sowa Smith-General as a respected individual because of his professionalism and dedication to duty adding, “Zarr strikes a fine balance with flexibility that allows the job to go ahead.”

Mr. Yarpah who retains has post as Finance and Administrative Manager in Liberia until the recruitment process for a new Executive Director is complete is also expected to commence his new post immediately.

He has already envisioned to making the voices of the market women heard and empower them in all social-economic aspects. Mr. Yarpah returned to Liberia since 2012 and has been working for the SMWF Liberia Chapter.

Meanwhile, the international Board of Directors has also elected Miriam Kaggwa, vice president for Finance and Finance Director Orion Capital as its new Treasurer. The Board proudly announced the recruitment of two new members namely Layli Maparyan and Akwasi Aidoo.

The SMWF is an international, independent, charitable organization committed to restoring the livelihood of Liberian women traders to sustain their families. Founded since 2007 by a group of concerned women from around the world, SMWF was created in honor of the election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.