Youth Economic Empowerment Program

To increase opportunities for youth to acquire skills and experience in income-generating activities by:

• Promoting access to financial services for youth

• Promoting the culture of Savings through the Village Loans and Savings Model (VSL)

• Training youth on income generating activities

• Fostering sense of entrepreneurship and environmental awareness among youth

For more information, please read the below Factsheet



                        YEIS PROJECT

  • The project responds to the EU call for proposal titled: Empowerment for better livelihoods, including skills development and vocational education and training, for marginalized and vulnerable persons and people dependent on the informal economy.
  • This very project’s aim is to  contribute to the elimination of poverty amongst youth (16-30 years) dependent on the informal sector in Rwanda
  • It builds on and contributes to the GoR’s EDPRS 2, specifically its pillar on “productivity and youth employment”
  • Operational areas: Nyarugenge,  Kicukiro,  Rubavu,  Nyabihu,  Ngororero, Gekenke &  Rulindo Districts
  • Target people: Street vendors, taxi bicycles, domestic workers, workers in hair salons and restaurants,  workers in tea plantations and mines
  • Duration: February 2015-February 2019.
  • Implementing partners: AJPRODHO(lead), YWCA (IP), and CARE Austria

Stakeholders of the Project

  • National Youth Council (NYC)
  • Workforce Development Authority (WDA)
  • Rwandan Cooperative Agency (RCA) – the Government institution responsible for cooperative registration.
  • Labor Union CESTRAR – a strong and relevant confederation of 20 labor unions, among others advocating for the rights of domestic workers.
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training Centre (TVET Centre) in the targeted districts
  • Formal Financial Institutions (FFIs) SACCOs.
  • Ministry of Youth & ICT (MYICT)
  • Ministry of Public Services and Labor (MIFOTRA)

Objectives of the project

  • General objective: Improve the livelihoods for youth in the operational areas working in the informal sector.
  • Specific objectives:
  • Conduct evidence-based advocacy for a more appropriate legal and policy framework and its efficient implementation
  • Increase technical, financial and entrepreneurial skills for 8000 youth (70% women) in informal sector.
  • Increase access to information, financial and business services for youth in informal sector by facilitating them unite in VSL groups, cooperatives and labor unions.
  • Facilitating youth working in informal sector take steps towards the regularization or formalization of their activities.

The project is funded by European Union, Care Austria, and Austrian Development cooperation.