Unemployment remains unacceptably high in Nuba Mountains, Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Sudan in the absence of a vibrant private sector. Over 95% of youth, who constitute an overwhelming majority of the country’s population, are without formal employment.
The impact of a robust and healthy Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector goes beyond wage creation – as such businesses generate a broader ecosystem of employment and opportunities for poor, low-skilled workers and have broader social impacts, such as access to health care, improved housing, and education.
By providing viable income-generating alternatives to armed or criminal activities, entrepreneurship and enterprise development can contribute to sustainable peace in communities affected by conflict.
We improve productivity and efficiency through capacity enhancements in daily production, poultry production, supply industry, general trade, construction, and others.
We established and are implementing a robust entrepreneurship development programs that provides creative interventions that adopted attitudinal and behavioral mind set change approach to entrepreneurship.
Given the unique development context where the vast majority of the people are yet not exposed to the attitudinal and behavioral mindset which is a precondition for entrepreneurship development, our model offers to be a practical and viable strategy.
The coordinated and program package comprises of:
Entrepreneurial and management skills development.
Education and training courses.
Follow ups and customized business advisory services for enterprise establishment.
This project brings about a transformational change in the empowerment of the youth and women for self-sufficiency.
People are drawn form a wide-ranging selection of business sectors including vegetable and poultry farming, hairdressing, tailoring, construction, transportation, IT services, engineering, public services, printing and photocopying, logistics, and catering.
Since the program is an experiential sharing program, it is imperative to facilitate learning by sharing experiences between more experienced entrepreneurs in the Small and Medium size sector and the Micro and Small sector. Participation of aspiring and/or women entrepreneurs in the training is encouraged.
Daniel Kunda, an 18-year old former child soldier, lost both his parents to the conflict. He came to the refugee camp with his seven siblings he now has to raise alone. “Life was extremely hard when we got here. Luckily, I joined the entrepreneurship program and now have some money from my business that I started”, Kunda shares.
He adds, “The profit is enough to sustain my siblings by providing their most important needs such as sanitary pads, slippers and clothes.”
26-year-old Kodi Bulu also joined the program among resourceful entrepreneurs who are helping themselves rise from their situation. Bulu opted to buy and sell fresh vegetables. His grocery shop is full of fresh cabbages, onions and potatoes. He grows some of the onions he sells while the rest of the merchandise he buys from the local market.
His profit has enabled him to enroll four of his siblings at a local secondary school. They are also able to buy basic scholastic materials and pay schools fees.