Employment and Income Level Elevation Through Livelihood Diversification

After ten years working with disadvantaged women and children, we are all too aware of the cycle of poverty. Chronic poverty tends to pass from one generation to the next unless young people are given the tools and the opportunities they need to earn a living wage. Work isn’t just critical to survival, it’s critical to who we are as people, our family, and our community. EMpower looks toward a future in which young people can readily access the training and opportunities they need to find or create decent work. With this grant, we seek to bridge the gaps that currently exist, to help young people develop a range of abilities including literacy and numeracy, and technical, entrepreneurial, practical, social, and managerial skills.

Since July 2015, we have used the EMpower grant to implement a one-year pilot project in poultry production and management to help reduce poverty levels among youth and provide income-generating opportunities. After the success of our poultry program, we begun a bee keeping livelihood program in 2016 that will support 20 youth from Nanumba North and South districts to learn bee keeping for honey production and commercialize it into a business venture.
in 2017 Songtaba received the third grant from EMpower for the training of 15 young people in the smock weaving business where these young people will receive training from the cloth weaving to the smock sewing and the marketing as well.