This project will create economic opportunities for 120 impoverished villagers in Nigeria whereby each would be trained on confectionery skill acquisition and the needed ideas to start up a business from the acquired skill. There would be a startup fund for each trainee to invest in his or her business which they will reimburse within the duration of six month.
Nigeria recently overtook India with the most number of people living in poverty - over 88 million people! According to the UN SDGs 2013 report, 42 per cent of people in sub-Saharan Africa continue to live in extreme poverty. Though global poverty rate has been halved since 2000, intensified efforts are required to boost the incomes, alleviate the suffering and build the resilience of those individuals who are stunted by hunger and die from preventable diseases, like in Pakuro town in Nigeria.
It will add value to the economic well-being of 120 villagers in Pakuro Town through empowering them on confectionery making and other food catering skills acquisition. This will give them a basic source of income for provision of their daily family needs. There is a need to help them increase in mean income which will help to decrease poverty. However it is important to aid them channel their expenditures towards the growth of the community by encouraging entrepreneurship for sustainability.
With their new vocational and entrepreneurial skills, these 120 villagers will learn how to identify a problem and implement a solution. With the start up fund provided, they will immediately be able to apply the knowledge gained from the training in starting a business. A cooperative will be set up to help them sustain their business and be there for each other as leaders of their community and Nigeria as a whole.