Full Name: Improving Livelihoods through Integrated Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training and Support of Income Generating Activities in Mayukwayukwa and Meheba Resettlement Areas
Duration: July 2014–June 2017)
Youth population of former Angolan refugees in Mayukwayukwa and Meheba settlements suffered from high unemployment rate or led mainly subsistence agriculture livelihoods. Many lacked appropriate skills, entrepreneurial know-how, linkages to product markets, and access to loans, and were thus unable to diversify or lead alternative livelihoods.
Implementation and Results:
- Nearly 200 students graduated from technical and vocational training (TEVETA) in various areas (including metal fabrication, carpentry, tailoring, etc.), took English and IT classes, and were linked to formal institutions and their programs for Youth.
- Approximately 100 of them applied and received apprenticeship loan or start up capital.
- All graduates of the vocational training were then mentored and participated in further capacity building trainings.
- A total of 1817 (including individual businessmen, farmers, students, teachers, etc.) from the settlements Mayukwayukwa and Meheba received entrepreneurship training.
- Multiple school entrepreneurship clubs have been established and teachers had been trained in entrepreneurship to ensure their sustainability.
- Various income generating activities were set up at local schools, including poultry production, fish trade business or gardening.
- A total of 8 cooperatives participated in capacity building training, which included topics such as Understanding and participation in cooperatives, costing and pricing, or marketing.
- A total of 18 saving groups were established, managed by locals that had been trained as Field Agents.
- Support of market development was additionally supported by creating market committees and providing them with crucial training.
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Czech Development Agency