Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini

by All Out Africa Foundation
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Help 1000 youth start enterprises in Eswatini
Ezulwini NCP outside area Electrification
Ezulwini NCP outside area Electrification

The youth of Eswatini has had a rough time through these weeks, months, and even years of COVID-19. They have lost out in social development, in academic development, in emotional development and economic development. As schools and businesses reopened, they faced the challenges of school fees, transport costs, clothing and even nutritional needs, and yet parents and siblings lost their lives, or lost their businesses with no hope of recovery, or lost their employment.

 Disappointment, fear and discouragement have become the rising emotions causing desperation in many. All Out Africa has come up with an entrepreneurship program to help give hope to the broken youth. The youth will use one of our NCP’s namely Ezulwini to equip them in business skills. Lessons will include Entrepreneurship, writing of a business plan, record keeping, customer care, business idea generation, costing and pricing.etc

One of our long standing partner has helped fund for electrification at the NCP. This will enable the use of computers by the youth. Laptops have also been donated all the way from Norway. As the electricity is functional, the community also gets to benefit by hosting meetings in the evenings without having to use candles or their cellphones for lighting.

The All Out Africa staff also continue with their businesses. Eunice who is in the broiler chicken business continues, she is learning in the business, although faced with challenges due to the harsh winter weather a lot of chickens are dying thus making a loss, However she is optimistic that one day the business will grow to a point where she is able to employ someone. Another challenge faced is that of the massive hike of chicken food. This in turn causes the rise in the price of chickens.

Eunice is excited about the youth business program as she will also get an opportunity to learn and get to improve and grow her business.

Xolile who is also one of the staff members has learnt that most of the chickens die because of the cold weather conditions and decided to buy live chickens and slaughter them. This has been working for her business and has seen profits. Xolile is looking forward to the entrepreneurship program to learn other aspects of running a business.

 

THANK YOU!

Classroom with electricity (Ezulwini Ncp)
Classroom with electricity (Ezulwini Ncp)
Eunice's 4 weeks old chickens
Eunice's 4 weeks old chickens
Eunice's day old chicks
Eunice's day old chicks
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Eunice at her poultry house
Eunice at her poultry house

The pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life in southern Africa and presented an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work. The African Economic and social disruption have left many Africans at the risk of falling into extreme poverty.

As an organization that strives to improve the well-being of vulnerable children and communities through capacity development and education, we believe entrepreneurship and employment is the only hope for this desperate situation.

Our enterprise program which was introduced in October 2020 with the help of our partners, and your generous support, the program has supported not only the communities that we work with but also our staff members.

Testimonials

My name is Eunice Nkambule, I am one of the enterprise program beneficiaries and I received an E10 000.00 loan to start my poultry business. I have always wanted to start a business but due to lack of funds and knowledge, this felt like a farfetched dream. When I learned about the enterprise program that provided one with a start-up microloan and mentorship support, I did not think twice but just applied.  I started the poultry business because in my community there was a shortage of meat. I started with 100 broiler chicks, I managed to sell 96 and with the help of my mentor I have been able to promote my business and manage my finances.

However, due to the outbreak of bird flu in South Africa, my business had to come to a halt because there was no chicken supply. Things have since gone back to normal and I have ordered 100 chicks that I will sell in 6 weeks. I am optimistic that one day the business will grow and I will be able to give others an opportunity of employment.”

Day old chicks
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xolile's chicken poulrty house
xolile's chicken poulrty house

Entrepreneurship Program Update

The devastating effects of COVID 19 have not only been limited to the loss of life and the health infrastructure but also the economic effects have severely hit the entire country. A number of businesses have been forced to temporarily shut down during lockdown periods to observe lockdown restrictions which eventually led to the business’s failure and permanent closure. A number of people lost their jobs and income, leaving them without access to even basic needs such as food.

It is in this light that AOA introduced an entrepreneurship program in October 2021 for the youth in Eswatini, this is an empowerment program meant to improve livelihoods. The program partnered with a local commercial bank, Eswatini Bank to assist the youth access loans in order to start up their own businesses as a form of income. Through this program two of AOA staff members have also benefited loans of E15 000 and E10 000 to start- up businesses of raising and selling chickens, a very viable business which received community members’ support. The business had a great potential but was unfortunately interrupted by the lack of chicks supply due to outbreak of bird flu in South Africa since May 2021.

AOA is currently sensitizing the community members on the existence of the program, four meetings have been conducted in the community centres where potential beneficiaries have shown appreciation for this support, We have also encountered youth members that are more concerned about the consequences of failure to repay the loan. AOA is working on partnering with established business people who can support the youth overcome this fear and be a part of the program to gain financial independence and also create employment opportunities for their peers.

TESTIMONIAL:

My name is Xolile Dlamini and I work for AOA as an office assistant. I am one of the entrepreneurship program beneficiaries. I received E10.000 loan to start up a poultry business. I was so excited and in December 2020 my first 100 broilers were raised for six weeks before being sold. The chickens were selling like hot cakes as other forms of protein were expensive. My joy was cut short as I was affected by the outbreak of bird flu in South Africa. At the moment I am waiting patiently for the disease to be controlled so I can continue with my business. The reason for starting this business was to help my family since the pandemic had a huge negative impact. I was temporarily laid off from work and my husband lost his job.

 In February 2021, All Out Africa with help of Atle from Norway they introduced me to Maria Schock to be my mentor. I learned a lot from this mentorship which included financial and management education. I managed to sell 90 chickens and 10 died due to the weather conditions.

THANK YOU!!

 

 

  

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Photo of Xolile
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All Out Africa Foundation

Location: Ezulwini, Lobamba - Eswatini
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Kim Roques
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Kim Roques
Ezulwini, Lobamba Eswatini

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