Interview with Lorraine Woodruff-Long, July 29, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Lorraine Woodruff-Long served In the United States Peace Corps as a Small Business/Cooperatives Volunteer in Kenya from 1983 to 1985, and was located in the Nyanza Province. She worked in two project areas. The first was as a coordinator of a set of women’s healthcare training centers surrounding the outskirts of Kisumu, a major urban center on Lake Victoria, working in partnership with Pandipieri Catholic Center. Additionally, she used her business and marketing skills with Makutano Textiles in Kiboswa, to help rural women artisans develop their tie dye fabric enterprise to promote and sell their products in the large Kenyan markets of Nairobi and Mombasa. One of the highlights of her service was attending the 1985 United Nations World Conference on Women held in Nairobi to which she invited two Kenyan women health center managers from Kisumu. She wrote a grant to help fund their attendance which was a life-changing experience for them. Lorraine credits her Peace Corps experience for having a major influence on her career and personal development as a community leader. Her commitment to volunteerism has been lifelong. She currently serves on a number of non-profit boards and is an active CASA advocate (Court Appointed Special Advocate).

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2021oh0722_pcrv0341

Interviewee Name

Lorraine Woodruff-Long

Interviewer Name

Madeline Radkey Kellner

Interview Date

2021-07-29

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Woodruff-Long, Lorraine Interview by Madeline Radkey Kellner. 29 Jul. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Woodruff-Long, L. (2021, July 29). Interview by M. R. Kellner. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Woodruff-Long, Lorraine, interview by Madeline Radkey Kellner. July 29, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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