Meet Hannah

“We measure our success not on our profit-gain, but rather how we can impact lives. My hope is to see many people come through Amani and learn the necessary skills to provide for their families. Seeing women gain confidence, grow in their faith, and have their dreams flourish is more profitable to us at Amani than any dollar amount.”

– Hannah Lenore, Amani Liberia Country Director

Hannah posing with one of her dresses.
Hannah posing with one of her dresses. (photo credit: bessbrownlee.com)

 

Hannah Lenore strides around at a solid 6 feet and two inches. She holds a degree is in fashion design and has presented stunning apparel on numerous runways. She had a strong desire to make it New York, but 4 years ago God closed those doors and opened up new ones in Africa. This California-raised lady has lived in Yekepa, Liberia for the past 3 years, where she works as a fashion designer/missionary. 

 

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Last year, Hannah was able to get a handle on export for Amani Liberia products, a difficult task. (photo credit: bessbrownlee.com)

Hannah is just tall enough to place her feet firmly in two distinctively separate worlds. She is, without a doubt, a true missionary. She carries herself with grace towards the impossible obstacles that inhabit Liberia and trusts the Lord deeply. Most recently, she has shown tremendous courage and faith in the midst of a nearby outbreak of Ebola. Last year, she was able to get a handle on export for Amani Liberia products, a difficult task. On a daily basis Hannah is helping Amani ya Juu to bring sustainable development to Liberians who have been ravaged by war, both physically and emotionally.

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Hannah is also undeniably a woman of fashion who represents her work here through her sense of style. (photo credit: bessbrownlee.com)

Hannah is also undeniably a woman of fashion who represents her work here through her sense of style. She expresses herself by what she wears, and has yet to outwardly succumb to any version of a missionary you’ve ever seen. She loves throwing her outfits together each morning, and when you hear the familiar jingle of her bracelets coming through the doors of Amani you know you will see her in an edgy outfit—yet void of fashion faux pas. The girl is simply stylish. So stylish, in fact, that she was featured in “Here am I”, a blog about missionaries who take on non-traditional roles.

 

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Hannah with one of her dresses. (photo credit: bessbrownlee.com)

 

And now, a flash flood of important information on Hannah Lenore:

She helped to oversee the complete renovation of Amani’s building from war-ravaged, roofless skeleton to a place where beautiful products are made, with tiled floors, plumbing, windows, and doors.

– She knows it is always a good time for popcorn.

– She grew up in Girls Scouts, so she knows the importance of bringing girls together to build their worth and value. She started and oversees the Amani Girls Club, an after school group that empowers young girls to rise above the strong pull to prostitution in Yekepa.

– She has a pet monkey named Colekeh, which means “we will do it” in Mano.

– When she comes home for Christmas each year, she designs and creates a toy for her nephew. These toys often become Amani products later. Her most recent one is the Colekeh Monkey Doll.

Hannah has helped to create a place where peace resonates—and is beginning to spread outward into the community. She respects and deeply loves the seamstresses and tailors at Amani Liberia, and has committed to struggle for economic and spiritual freedom alongside them for the long haul.

 

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Hannah working with Dorcas at a visit to Amani Kenya. (photo credit: bessbrownlee.com)

To learn more about Hannah, check out her personal blog

 You can support Amani Liberia by donating to programs or purchasing products made at Amani Liberia.

 

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