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
- 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.