Name: Hannah Lopez
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
School & Degree: Wheaton College; International Relations
Role at Amani: I am working to help establish the business side of Amani Liberia.
How did you first learn about Amani?
I heard about Amani through Wheaton, as a few Wheaton students have worked with Amani in the past.
What made you want to volunteer with Amani?
I wanted to volunteer with Amani because I love the idea of using a business as more than just a means of providing a steady income source. Amani’s goals of promoting healing, reconciliation, and peace in the lives of the women who come to work there are wonderful. I love that Amani seeks to transform lives rather than just provide a financial resource. The way that all of the women that I have met at Amani have learned to rely on God and to trust in each other — despite the hardships that they have faced — has been such an inspiration to me. I hope to someday be as strong in the faith as they are.
I’m enjoying going on hikes to see the beautiful scenery of the jungle-y mountains that surround us here in Yekepa. Everything is so green that it almost seems like it can’t be real. Another plus is that all of the fruit here is delicious! I even like some fruits that I’ve never liked before (such as papaya) because it is so much better here than anywhere else. All in all, I’m very happy to be here in Liberia and I am excited to be able to work with Amani here!