In June of 2014, Just Hope hired Joe Lassayo to serve with Sullay Turay as our “boots on the ground” in Bauya, managing daily project activities and local laborers on the pineapple farm. A well-respected former member of the Sierra Leonean army, he had previously managed a large road construction crew and was a successful farmer on his own land. Joe has been a dedicated Just Hope employee, even throughout the year of Ebola, during which part of his duties included taking the temperature of every work crew member, every day.
With the Just Hope pineapple farm now concluded, Joe is now a Field Officer with Just Hope, along with his wife, Jenneh. He mentors farmers and other entrepreneurs with regard to business development, and also works to start and advise savings groups in the area.