Be the Change Academy

Business Development and Support in West Africa

Meet the women of the BTCA

  • Gbasay Davis - Paynesville, Liberia
    Gbasay Davis
  • Mangee Williams
  • Marie Deline
  • Matee Freeman
  • Musulyn Dassen
  • Yei Neagor

We’ve reached nearly 7,000 young women in West Africa

empowering them to grow their own businesses and increase their incomes

The BTCA Programmes
Innovative, Engaging and Effective

Each BTCA provides step-by-step support to guide young people through the process of identifying a possible business opportunity, undertaking market research, developing a budget and business financing plan, and to launch their own business. The approach ensures that training is integrated through every step and ensures that participants gain the vital business skills they need.

  • Highly adapted to the needs of vulnerable young people

    The BTCA uses innovative image-based training tools and games, proven to increase understanding and build business skills for those with limited literacy skills.

  • Low risk capital through savings and loans groups

    Saving and loans group are a common way that people save and provide a lower risk way for young entrepreneurs to access capital.

  • Connections to local business support and services

    Young people are connected to different local service providers that can support them to grow their businesses, now and in the future.

  • Long-term peer-to-peer support through entrepreneur networks

    Young entrepreneurs provide continued advice, support and mentorship to each other through our entrepreneur networks, long after the BTCA has finished.

100% of BTCA participants are now confident 

that they can successfully start and run their own businesses after the programme

Together we are stronger

Working with our dedicated partners – Jatropa in Guinea, A W.I.S.H. Sierra Leone and Youth Crime Watch Liberia – is key to the success of our enterprise training programme, these strong local ties set our programmes apart.

A W.I.S.H.

Operating out of Kenema, Sierra Leone is our partner A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity. They are leading projects to help rebuild economically and socially after the Civil War. It is leading the way in supporting vulnerable young people to setup businesses and they are also running a school, where free places are guaranteed to Ebola orphans. AGREEMENT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

Jatropha

Hailed by the Netherlands-based Children and Youth Finance Initiative as ‘the world’s first youth MFI’, they have been supporting youth led businesses for the past seven years. Young entrepreneurs can access a range of services that integrate training and with loans. AGREEMENT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

Youth Crime Watch Liberia

YCWL empower children and young adults to create safer societies. They work in education, crime prevention and peace building, economic development and job creation. Running two young women’s empower centres, YCWL are supporting young Liberians to thrive. AGREEMENT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

Be the Change Academy

Business Development and Support in West Africa