During a visit to Liberia, Wayétu Moore realized something was missing: bookstores.
After noticing the lack of spaces dedicated to literature, the Brooklyn writer and founder of One Moore Book, a boutique publisher of multicultural children’s books, wanted to do something about it.
Last year, Moore, who immigrated from Liberia to the U.S. with her family as a child, decided to open One Moore Bookstore, a first-of-its kind store in the country since the war.
While she set about bringing One Moore Bookstore to life, Moore’s dream was almost derailed by the devastating Ebola outbreak that swept across Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
Thankfully, Moore persisted, and recently opened the store in Monrovia. To help her run it, she’s hired two young Liberians to look after the shop when she’s in the States.
To make sure the One Moore Bookstore thrives, Moore set up a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization to accept donations. Learn more here.