This project brings hope to and empowers individuals / small businesses in Sierra Leone. It helps them break the cycle of poverty and boosts economic development through 2 key areas: business management training and microfinance financial assistance. This support helps them effectively start and grow their small businesses. Priority is given to young adults and women. Small businesses are the life-blood of African economies and this is an excellent way to bring change.
According to the UNDP, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment (2015). Thousands of youths and adults struggle to find a meaningful existence and are living below the poverty line. They are exposed to the temptations of resorting to a lifestyle of vices and destructive occupations. They desperately need opportunities and a viable path to self-sufficiency.
This project provides foundational training in entrepreneurship and business/startup capital to small businesses. This helps them to start or expand their businesses, become self-reliant, and employ others. Young people are enabled to venture into initiatives such as tailoring, retail, catering, gardening, food cafes, soap making, etc. Income from these businesses ranges from supplementary income to instances where this is the sole income for families.
Individuals and small businesses are able to grow from living in deprivation to a point where they become self-sufficient. They provide employment and contribute to national development. As businesses become empowered, this contributes to a drop in overall poverty. This will eventually result in a stronger, more self-sufficient, and stable society.