Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste

by Empreza Diak
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Creating livelihoods for youth in Timor-Leste
Computer Class for Atauro's youth
Computer Class for Atauro's youth

Up until the beginning of the year, when our last report was sent, we had continued to work with the youth from Ataúro to nurture creative entrepreneurship and promote gender equality.
The project kicked-off giving 30 Atauro youth vocational and soft skills to start a business, develop a livelihood or find a job. In our development hub, we provided technical training and experience in innovative activities - agriculture, livestock production, composting, community development, hospitality, product development, up-cycling, and marketing. Through this they then received support to set-up a livelihood/business or find a job and become youth mentors in their communities.

The goal was to offer youth a unique opportunity to build their skills, empowering them to innovate and reshape their futures.

In August 2019, the computer course for the youth in Ataúro continued, reaching a group of 60 young men and women who were able to conclude the course. This was an important landmark where diplomas were distributed to nurture their accomplishment.

In November 2019 Empreza Diak continued the work with the youth from Ataúro teaching them new skills and providing a better future in perfect harmony with Mother Nature. Capacity trainings were provided for SOLS students about the Do´s and Don’t`s of Agriculture, showing the right practices when planting.

Atauro's team began to prepare Creative Workshops and School Training on Entrepreneurship, outlining the plan and meeting with the School Director of the Vocational School and the Director of the Secondary School. The purpose of this project was to encourage students to revitalize and rethink creatively in the objects we have around us and what we can do to give them new use, so students are challenged to create new products through recycled materials with as few resources as possible and open their minds about setting up small business.

From the end of 2019 to February 2020 Empreza Diak`s training team developed a tailor-made training for young students to develop knowledge and skills that are key as they look at the future, including entrepreneurship, activity mapping, problem solving, SWOT analysis, leadership and team work. The training took place in two different schools in Ataúro: Teknika Vokassional and Escola Sekundaria Jeral. 

The team also designed and piloted creative workshops in our innovative Sentru Atauro Diak where youth learned about several production techniques that can be used to develop artistic or useful products using upcycle materials.

However, since March up until today, we were faced with some setbacks, which made our work more difficult to proceed.
As many other countries, Timor-Leste was affected by the propagation of COVID-19’s and since the 28th of March, the State of Emergency was decreed, forcing schools to close and suspending activities up until today.

At the same time, the March floods destroyed a school where we had planned to provide school training.


We will continue to work on empowering and supporting the communities we work with, and train future leaders and entrepreneurs to not only change their future but also revitalize and contribute to a sustainable development of the country.

Farming training for the youth
Farming training for the youth
Agriculture Trainings for SOLS students
Agriculture Trainings for SOLS students
Screening examples of Creative reusable products
Screening examples of Creative reusable products
School workshop
School workshop
Sentru Atauro Diak Workshop
Sentru Atauro Diak Workshop
Creative Entrepreneurship for Youth in Atauro
Creative Entrepreneurship for Youth in Atauro
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Creative Entrepreneurship for Youth in Ataúro powered by Empreza Diak

For the last 3 months we have continued to work with the youth from Ataúro to nurture creative entrepreneurship and promote gender equalit

Empreza Diak`s training team developed a tailor-made training for young students to develop knowledge and skills that are key as they look at the future, including entrepreneurship, activity mapping, problem solving, SWOT analysis, leadership and team work. The training took place in two different schools in Ataúro: Teknika Vokassional and Escola Sekundaria Jeral. 

We have also designed and piloted creative workshops in our innovative Sentru Atauro Diak where youth learned about several production techniques that can be used to develop new products (e.g. using upcycling materials). The process involved fun and productive brainstorming sessions, research and testing. In the pilot workshop, the team used recycled and up-cycled materials to show the participants how to find materials in their daily life environment and produce artistic or useful products out of it.

In this new year of 2020 Sentru Ataúro Diak will grow and expand as a reference for youth in Ataúro and, with your generous support, we will continue to support them to develop livelihoods and build better and healthier futures.

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If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! If you are visiting Atauro, talk to us to know more about the handicraft workshops.

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Agriculture Trainings for SOLS students
Agriculture Trainings for SOLS students

Empreza Diak continued the work with the youth from Ataúro so that they can develop new skills and have a better living in the future and always in perfect harmony with Mother Nature.

In the past months we did capacity trainings for SOLS students about the Do´s and Don’t`s of Agriculture, and showing the right practices when planting. In this regular trainings, students learn the importance of contributing to a greener and eco-friendly world since one of the benefits of growing your own vegetables is to contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint and plastic usage.

Atauro's team is preparing the Creative Workshops and School Training on Entrepreneurship, so they outlined the plan and meet with the School Director of the Vocational School and the Director of the Secondary School, the purpose of this project is too encourage them to revitalize and rethink creatively in the objects we already have around us and what we can do to give them new use, so students are challenged to create new products through recycled materials with as few resources as possible and open their minds about setting up small business.

Until the end of this year Empreza Diak is launching a campaign to strengthen the work in 2020 to exceed and overcome our objectives with this talented and capable youth of Ataúro.

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram 

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! If you are visiting Atauro, talk to us to know more about the handicraft workshops.

Making bags from old journals in Creative Workshop
Making bags from old journals in Creative Workshop
Vegetable garden for the SOLS students to practice
Vegetable garden for the SOLS students to practice
Screening examples of Creative reusable products
Screening examples of Creative reusable products
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One of the goals of Empreza Di’Ak is to provide courses for the local youth so that they can develop new skills and have a better living in the future. Last months, our staff provided a computer course for the youth in Ataúro.

It was a challenge for the youth, because they had to learn new tools and skills in a short period of time. With dedication, effort and commitment, the group of 60 young man and woman was able to conclude the course and to learn new computer techniques that they will use in the future, on their academic and professional life.

After 3 months of course, it was time to reward them for all their hard work, so we had a little ceremony where we gave them the diplomas. Empreza Di’Ak staff is proud of what they were able to achieve during this training program. We believe this training is really important to empowering youth as basic computer skills are fundamental in the modern world.

We will continue focusing on this type of programs in other to develop the communities in the rural areas.

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram 

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! If you are visiting Atauro, talk to us to know more about the handicraft workshops.

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Computer class for Atauro's youth
Computer class for Atauro's youth

One of our main goals is to promote livelihoods for the youth in Timor-Leste by offering them opportunities to learn new skills and provide them training.

Since February, we are mentoring a group of young trainees from the RYLA program, so they develop their skills in areas such as business, marketing and, product and community development. During the four-month internship, we are also helping them developing soft skills such as teamwork, self-awareness, responsibility, creativity and time management. We aim to see these young people ready to enter the labour market or contine their studies at the end of the internship.

Providing training to the youth is fundamental for the development of the communities, particularly rural communities. The use of computers and Internet are growing day by day, therefore computer courses are a necessary element in our youth training programs. Our staff with the support from two of the RYLA trainees is providing computer classes to the youth of Atauro. The students are learning new tools that will help them in the future, on their academic and professional life. In a nutshell, we are empowering the communities through computer training, offering them new skills that will be useful for their future.

Empreza Di’Ak promotes climate change mitigation actions, sustainabile livelihoods and support the Zero Plastic Policy. At our center in Atauro, we are providing farming practical training to the local youth where they learn how to plant and take care of a vegetable garden. In this workshop, students are learning the importance of contributing to a greener and eco-friendly world since one of the benefits of growing your own vegetables is to contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint and plastic usage.

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! If you are visiting Atauro, talk to us to know more about the handicraft workshops.

Computer class for Atauro's youth
Computer class for Atauro's youth
Farming training for the youth
Farming training for the youth
Farming training for the youth
Farming training for the youth
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Empreza Diak

Location: Dili - East Timor
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Twitter: @emprezadiak
Project Leader:
Maria Amado
Dili, East Timor

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