Cameroon: Youths drilled on entrepreneurial skills in Yaounde

By Ariane Foguem

17 young entrepreneurs are currently been drilled on entrepreneurial skills in a two-day workshop in Yaounde, at the end of which 3 will be selected to represent Cameroon at the 2019 pitch-up competition in Morocco.

70 at the beginning, only 17 managed to find their way into the net of the fortunate candidates to take part in the first part of the pitch-up entrepreneurship competition organized by Hub Africa, a platform that connects entrepreneurs with world investors, capitalists, and mentors.

The two-day workshop consists in reinforcing the entrepreneurial capacities of these young entrepreneurs in domains such as ability to convince, posture, presentation of project to name but these, so as to secure a win at the final pitch-up competition in Casablanca Morocco come June 2019.

The sectors from which the 17 projects were chosen are amongst others agriculture, finance, e-commerce and tracking.

Launching the competition in Cameroon, the Secretary General of the Ministry of small and medium size enterprises, Mme Marthe Chantal Mbajon representative of Minister Achille Bassilekin III, lauded the initiative that gives exposure to young African entrepreneurs.

The Pitch-up competition which is at its 7th edition will run under the theme, “Open innovation, a lever for African Small and Medium size enterprises.”

Source Journal du Cameroun

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Uganda: 360 youths acquire income-earning skills

In Summary

  • The one-year project funded by the Belgian Development Agency (ENABEL) was developed to implement interventions in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement with both the refugee population and host communities.
  • Through an integrated approach, BRAC implemented the skills development project in which the trainees completed a six-month, non-formal training in trades including bakery, electronics, tailoring, carpentry and hairdressing amongst others.

By Monitor Reporter

On Wednesday February 27, 360 youths graduated after having attained skills they can use to improve their lives and earn incomes.
This was the first cohort of the 2019 Skills Development Project, a project initiated by BRAC Uganda in partnership with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).
The one-year project funded by the Belgian Development Agency (ENABEL) was developed to implement interventions in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement with both the refugee population and host communities.

Through an integrated approach, BRAC implemented the skills development project in which the trainees completed a six-month, non-formal training in trades including bakery, electronics, tailoring, carpentry and hairdressing amongst others.

The training was conducted by YWCA at their training centres in Kiryandongo. The trainees were also taught business skills, life skills and functional literacy and numeracy. Upon successful completion, each graduate received a start-up kit which had essential tools and inputs for beginning a business in line with their chosen trade, for example sewing machines and grinding machines.

Kiryandongo LCV chairperson, UNHCR Coordinator, BRAC Country Representative, YWCA President and the ENABEL team cut the graduation cake. COURTESY PHOTO
Clementina Deng a 25-year-old refugee, and a successful graduate of the microenterprise part of the project said, “These skills are not handouts; we are carrying them with us for life, even when we return to our homes. We will be better and more productive people. This is something that will last.”

Ismail Kyepu, a local resident in Kiryandongo reiterated Deng’s point as he said, “Through the financial literacy trainings, I have learnt how to handle my money. I know the benefits of saving, and how to budget accordingly.”

Displaced persons may lose more than just their homes, they may lose access to skills, confidence and dreams. This is why, aware of the untapped potential borne by each individual and the role they play in the prosperity of their communities, BRAC decided to target the youth, women and girl’s population consisting of both refugees and host population to help them restart their lives and acquire technical and practical skills.

Given the high unemployment rates in Uganda generally, many youths and women are making their livelihoods in the informal sector which tends to be highly competitive. This intervention looks towards equipping trainees with the knowledge and skills to enhance and develop their entrepreneurial mind-set and create awareness about entrepreneurship as a viable alternative to paid employment.

Source Daily Monitor

Kenya Youths Benefits From Free Training On Entrepreneurship

By George Farrel Ogolla

Following the unemployment crisis in the country. Youth, Women and Disabled persons have continued to be disadvantaged. Some have since resorted to engaging in crimes, radicalization, consumption of illicit brews and drug abuse.

For 21year old Denis Makhandia Mulama, the thought of completing his college education was accompanied by a feeling of satisfaction, that he would soon have a high paying job. Little did he know that he was joining a population of a schooled yet jobless individuals.

The graduate of Environmental Conservation from South Eastern University of Kenya (SEKU) says the reality then dawned on him that this was not the case. He says together with a group of friends who had gone through the same predicament they decided to form a group and engage in an income generating activity.

“We came together and formed Brilliant Minds Self Help Group where we could come up with a business idea. Some of my group members had stayed out of school even more than me,” said Mulama.

The group engages a farm in Embakasi area in Eastlands, where it buys milk and fresh farm produce and delivers them to residents at the comfort of their sitting rooms.

Mulama say the training has come in handy in giving them the necessary skills on how to source for capital for their business.
“We also received training on tendering for government supplies and how to register company. And we are in the process of registering,” Denis added.

Sentiments that were shared by Emily Etang who says thanks to the training, she will now move with speed to secure capital to start a business.

“The training was very insightful, I look forward to starting my own business soon,” said Emily.

Miss Etang is optimistic that she no longer has to waste her time applying for countless government jobs that are not forthcoming. Now she is empowered to start her own venture and instead become an employer.

The seminar organized by the Ministry of Youth and facilitated by a Nairobi businessman John Chomba.

The mobilization is done by sub-county Youth officers.
Regional Co-coordinator Youth Affairs, Emily Maina reiterated the need for more youth to be empowered to take up business as an alternative to formal employment.

“More youths should enroll for such training for them to be able to get the 30 per cent share allocated to them by the government,” said Maina.
According to Mr Chomba, the programme was piloted between October, 2010 and April, 2011 in several constituencies in Nairobi and the results were very encouraging, inspiring and motivating.

“We saw a youths who were hungry and thirsty for information and very ready to apply it for a better future. The training is more practical than theoretical since we‘re using our real companies’ documents, experience for demonstrations and proving to the trainees that ours is a reality show ,” said Chomba

During the workshop Mr Chomba stated that he was there to train them and give them tips on how to start small businesses that would change their lives forever.

The legible candidates are form 4 graduates and above with basic understanding of English both written and spoken. Certificates of participation are awarded to all trainees at the end of the training.

Source Stardard Media