New Be The Change Academy Project!
Entrepreneurship Training 2017-2018
Continued Norad funding of our programmes training illiterate women in West Africa.
The Be The Change Academy (BTCA) programme in Sierra Leone and Liberia, has been granted funding for 2017 and 2018 from Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The BTCA objectives are focused on improving the livelihoods of vulnerable young women by training and working with them to develop their own businesses.
Since 2013, we have reached and trained nearly 7,000 young women who are now successfully running their own businesses. These young women have seen their incomes increase substantially and they are now able to provide for themselves and their families, including healthcare and education.
The businesses created by these women have in turn impacted the local communities with job creation and availability of products and services. This has also resulted in 2.5 jobs for every business that received start up capital.
We have innovated in our training delivery methods to match our audience, and have developed a new toolkit using only images and games. Since we adopted the new training methodology we have seen dropout rates fall from 22% to 7%.
The new project is being launched in Sierra Leone and Liberia in partnership with A World Institute for Sustainable Humanity in Sierra Leone (A WISH) and Youth Crime Watch Liberia (YCWL). These partners will be implementing the activities on the ground. As ever, we will continue to use and develop our image based toolkit, supporting the creation of saving and loans groups amongst young women entrepreneurs and linking them to other support services and markets.
Written by Rob Giddings, our Development Manager here at Peace Child.
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