This terrific video comes via TIME’s Multimedia Director Craig Duff, who offers the following introduction:
If peacemakers are indeed blessed, as a famous sermon once said, then Etweda Cooper can think big. As a founder of the Liberian Women’s Initiative, Cooper – who is better known as ‘Sugars’ Cooper – led demonstrations and other actions to bring an end to Liberia’s 14-year civil war. Now she is working to rebuild her country as the newly elected mayor of her home town. Video journalist Ed Robbins met Cooper in the war-torn hamlet of Edina, where the small-town mayor has big visions for the future.