LIFT URICA FROM POVERTY

 
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Urica at the Totally Youth Catering Centre
Urica at the Totally Youth Catering Centre

LIFT URICA FROM POVERTY

We say a Happy New Year and a big THANK YOU to you – our dear Donors for your support. Due to your generous donations, we were able to raise US$1,975, which was more than  half of the US$3,300 we needed to get Urica started under our Support 20 Youth Incubators A Year Programme. We are grateful for your kind consideration. You could have easily chosen to support other causes, but you decided to spend your well-earned money on Urica.

“Lift Urica From Poverty” is one of the projects under our “Support 20 Youth Incubators” A Year Programme. Your contribution augmented our investments in Urica’s incubation. We were able to provide her with additional cooking utensils and tools. We provided her with funds on a regular basis, to purchase produce and ingredients for cooking. To help Urica market her services, we printed complimentary cards which she distributed to potential customers - individuals, companies, schools, churches, etc. We also put out a sign board to attract passers-by. We conducted a local market survey which helped her to price and size her meals realistically to attract and maintain customers. This involved sampling meals from her competitors for quality, price and value-for-money as well as reviewing what side plates and additional services they offered. To improve her services, we ensured that any feedback she received from her customers, was promptly and realistically factored into her plate size, pricing, types of meals, drinks, etc, to maintain and increase her customer base.

Urica had access to a mobile phone and the ICT Centre for research, marketing and learning. She received regular mentoring and counseling and improved her appreciation of marketing, customer service, money management and other aspects of business. Urica has very good marketing skills and a likable personality. She quickly increased the number of customers over this short period and her business skills also improved. However, due to continuous rise in prices, Urica’s incubation has not yielded any profit as projected. Furthermore, during the later part of her incubation, two burglaries occurred at her house and she lost several items. She also lost her babysitter, which has made it difficult for her to come regularly to TY. Urica has therefore taken a break to sort things out and will be re-joining TY in April 2014 to complete her incubation.

Please continue to support Urica and other unemployed youth into self-employment by donating to our Support 20 Youth Incubators A Year Programme at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators. THANK YOU.

SUPPORT-20-YOUTH-INCUBATORS A-YEAR Now In Operation

We sincerely thank our donors who were able to support our ongoing projects as well as our Flagship Programme – Support-20-Youth-Incubators-A-Year. With your support, we have been able to start the programme with three incubators – Urica – catering; Alice – fashion design; eFive – road transport. We appreciate your prompt action and generosity and trust that more donors will follow in your footsteps to help make our programmes self-sustaining. We aim to be self-sustaining in three years.

 

URICA – OUR CATERING INCUBATOR

TY URI Montage.jpgUrica has started incubating towards her own restaurant business in the near future. With targeted advertisements and regular mentoring, she is already generating income through returning and new customers. She is so determined that we believe that she will be able to break even very soon. When this happens, she will start making profit which will enable her buy relevant items for her own restaurant. The TY Support-20-Youth-Incubators A-Year Revolvinging Fund will then be ready for transfer to the next catering incubator. We can achieve this through your continuing support.

 

Under the Catering Incubation, TY provides cooking utensils, crockery, gas cooker with cylinder, etc, for food preparation; consumables for cooking and garnishing the food; and serving plates, cutlery, drinking glasses, napkins, trays, tables, chairs, etc, for serving food to customers. We are proud of Urica’s commitment and determination to succeed and we are providing her with all the relevant capacity building and mentoring to ensure her success. She will be recruiting her three staffers at the beginning of next month. TY is making every effort to purchase a deep freezer, fridge and generator, to facilitate productivity at the Catering Center and your support will be appreciated. Donations to www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators will help us achieve this.

 

ALICE – OUR FASHION INCUBATOR

TY ALC Montage.jpgAlice has started her incubation as a fashion designer under our Support-20-Incubators-A-Year project. She has already designed and constructed her first three garments at our Fashion Center. At the Center, she has at her disposal, two sewing machines, one trimming machine, one hanging clothes rack, two movable clothes rack, several clothes hangers, mirror, dressing room, etc to facilitate her work. She also get a supply of fabric and accessories for the construction of the garments. Alice is a disciplined and great designer and we are very happy with her dedication and professionalism. She has started generating income and we are looking forward to her breaking even in the near future. She is receiving relevant capacity building and mentoring to ensure her success. She is now trying to expand her customer base through targeted advertisements and show-and-tells. We believe that she will also start making profit in the near future, so that the TY Support-20-Youth-Incubators A-Year Revolving Fund can be transferred to the next fashion incubator. We are currently raising funds to purchase an industrial sewing machine and display cabinets to improve productivity and sales. Donations to www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators will help us achieve this.

 

eFIVE – OUR AD HOC INCUBATOR

TY E5 Montage.jpgKweku, Courage, Louis, Larry and TY are working hard to make the eJet Road Transport Company a reality. The four young graduates are working hard on fresh financial proposals to facility the acquisition of a 30% loan facility of US$4,000,000.00, which will provide the required basis for a bank loan of US$12,500,000.00 loan to procure buses and build the required regional terminals. As indicated earlier, this project will employ a total of 2,845 young people when implemented. TY is therefore making all efforts to ensure due diligence and feasibility of the project. The four graduates have a 25 years combined experience in the road transport business, marketing and construction through the full- and part-time work they had to undertake to help pay for their education. Their modern terminals will have facilities including a health clinic, goods forwarding and insurance, food court, restrooms, transit accommodation and shopping malls, to address the multi-facetted needs of travelers. Due to the high volume of road travelers in Ghana, this venture can pay back the loans within one to three years. The four went through two years of surveys and feasibility studies to develop their business plan. They came on board Totally Youth during the second and we have been mentoring them and building their capacity to date. They have all now graduated and we are confident that with timely financial intervention by donors like your good self, we can make the eJet Road Transport System a reality.

 

Totally Youth provides eFive with free access to its shared Office and Knowledge Space, laptops, Wi-Fi Internet, stationary as well as capacity building, mentoring and counseling. We also provide occasional allowances based on availability of funds. We are making relevant efforts to find donors, sponsors, angels, equity investors and/or bank loans to help make the project a reality. With your usual kind support, we can together ensure that this opportunity to employ 2,845 unemployed graduates will not end up as a “pipe” dream. I trust that you will continue to support us to reduce youth unemployment in Ghana by making donations to our Flagship porgramme at www.globalgiviing.org/projects/support-20-youth-incubators .

TOTALLY YOUTH ALUMNI

TY ALUMNI MONTAGE 2013.jpgPlease join us in saying congratulations, goodbye and farewell to Tina, Akweley and Nakki, our two Career Interns and Event Management incubator, respectively.

 

With her new job and acceptance to the Ghana Women Leadership programme, Tina is earning a good salary and has now developed her personal project for the Leadership programme. We will be hosting her project at TY which will help female students of tertiary institutions develop leadership skills and prepare them for decision-making positions while in school and after graduation. Tina and the students under her project will all receive capacity building and mentoring at TY. Tina will receive leadership training both in Ghana and the US under the Leadership programme organized by NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

 

Akweley is now working full time with a financial institution in the town of Tema. We continue to support her through telephone mentoring and counseling. The feedback so far is that she is doing well.

 

Nakki is gone to university to strengthen his qualifications for business. TY provided regular and relevant counseling to him through the entire process; paid a portion of the requisite fees and dropped him off on campus. We believe that with the capacity building and mentoring he received at TY, he will be successful in his tertiary education and become a conscientious entrepreneur with a great future. We continue to counsel him through telephone and when he visits. He still has access to free accommodation at TY. Even though we were not able to raise enough money or sponsorship to telecast his TV Reality Show, which he developed during his incubation, the lessons learnt has made him very matured and the show – FAME, remains a viable project which is still being pursued.

 

NEW BUSNESS

NGO SUPPORT: We have been approached by several Youth-run NGOs for assistance. They include NGOs grooming and protecting young female models and artistes from sexual harassment, during talent discovery processes and supporting young chefs into jobs or self-employment. We are therefore in the process of developing a special incubation programme for Youth NGOs to facilitate their work – Youth-Supporting-Youth. We will keep you updated on our progress in this new area.

 

Dear donors, with unemployment rising globally, your support is very valuable to us. We will appreciate it very much, if you could also have time to advise us in new and better ways to help the hundreds of thousands unemployed youth in Ghana.

PLEASE ACCEPT OUR UNCONDITIONAL GRATITUDE.

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STOP YOUTH POVERTY supports unemployed entrepreneurs to create jobs for themselves and for other unemployed youth. It has supported fashion, beauty, catering, event management, radio/TV production, estate management and farm start-ups involving 55 unemployed youth. We incubate them with seed money, ICT tools, shared Office/Knowledge/Event Spaces and fully equipped ICT/Beauty/Fashion/Catering Centres, to help them generate some income. They get full coaching in business development and management project reportread updates from the field

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Totally Youth

Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

Project Leader

Eva Lokko

Accra, Ghana

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