EMPOWERING THE YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS IN BURUNDI
In the timeline of the implementation of its project « CASH FOR WORK & ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR YOUTH HOPE REVIVAL IN BURUNDI» with the aim to mobilize, organize and empower 50 young men and women, aged between 15 and 30 years old, from Kayanza commune, in the north of Burundi, African Youth Employment Initiatives, AYEI-Burundi is getting the job done.
After training sessions of 50 young people in entrepreneurship last May 2020, they have benefited from coaching sessions through SILC groups. Coaching sessions are delivered either online or physically by meeting the young beneficiaries on the ground. The Kantas Consulting House is in charge of offering this coaching that has enable them have enough skills to get started with the project. During the coaching sessions, the young beneficiaries have been trained and practically helped to build business plans, especially in agribusiness and have gained deep understanding on management of agribusiness ventures. Upon completion of this training, AYEI-Burundi has then launched a call for proposals of business plans out of which 2 best contestants were selected and have been granted with credit loans to enable them start farming activities.
The two best agribusiness plans that have won the price are into crop and animal farming respectively, namely potatoes cultivation and chicken breeding. After months of launch of the above named projects, now under way, AYEI-Burundi is proud of the level of execution of the two projects which are serving as pilot basis for upcoming projects
This project is implemented in partnership with « Centre de Production des Semences du Burundi » (CPSB) under the financial support of SEZ Foundation, a German Foundation from Baden Württemberg.
African Youth Employment Initiatives AYEI is a youth led organization for the youth, founded in 2016 by a group of African Young People from various African countries, and now represented in 7 African countries, including Burundi, with its Head Quarters in Ghana.
In this projects and more to come, our selected youth are going to be introduced to best farming practices, agribusiness management and value addition in the agricultural value chain, whereby emphasis will be laid on production, post-harvest technology, transformation and marketing. A circle that will eventually lead to job and employment creation for many youth as we thrive to keen track on our very mission to Mobilize, Organize and Empower the youth
To meet these objectives, we call upon the general public to support AYEI-Burundi whichever way to enable us carries on our activities so that we can contribute our quarter in reducing youth unemployment in Burundi which has gone up 60%
Many thanks to the SEZ Foundation for the financial support.
AYEI-Burundi Country Coordinator