Young Enterprises

Project Description

Girls, Future Entrepreneurs

Republic of Malawi

Amount: € 83,067.00

Overview

The Young Enterprises project helped to develop the infrastructure and facilities for young girls studying at vocational training schools in the city of Blantyre, Malawi. This was achieved via the construction of two girl’s hostels in Blantyre. The project underlines the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls as well as to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. The hostels provided accommodation for 48 young girls studying at vocational training institutions and allowed for more women to enrol at the training centres. Additionally, the project provided entrepreneurial skills and business training to 60 girls. 12 of the girls who received the training were provided with start-up capital to establish their own businesses.

Key results

  • The project improved the livelihoods of 108 young Malawian women. 60 young women benefitted from business and entrepreneurship training, with 12 of these women establishing their own businesses. The construction of the two youth hostels for girls provides safe and affordable accommodation for 48 girls every year, this construction project leaves a tangible legacy from which hundreds of young girls will benefit in the years to come.  
  • Two matrons were employed to run and oversee the day to day operations at the two girl’s hostels that were constructed during the project. The matrons provided support to the girls and helped to ensure that the girls successfully completed their vocational training.
  • The provision of the microloans empowered the women by providing them with the necessary resources to establish their own businesses, thereby generating an income for themselves and providing for their families.

 

Young Enterprises