As part of our work in promoting youth livelihood and employment, Restless Development Sierra Leone are excited to share with you a short documentary case study of young entrepreneurs who have gone through the Business Development Service (BDS) Programme, which is supported by National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) & the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The video is a reflection on how young people, given the right tools, can make a difference in their lives.
Two graduates now running their own businesses are Zainab and Abdul. Zainab is running a beauty salon in the town of Waterloo, just outside Freetown, and Abdul has a successful I.T business in Tombo. In this video we see the graduates running their business and hear from them about how the BDS project helped prepare them for running a business.
The BDS programme seeks to offer a range of services catering for the diverse needs of young people (15-35) years seeking to set up or expand their businesses in Freetown Western Rural Area and also providing more general business information service to those seeking business information and opportunities in a general business perspective. The aim is to promote entrepreneurial culture and boost employment to young people.
The key to success was that we were helping young people with potential to move up the skills ladder in terms of business development and management. 182 young people benefited from the programme. To support young people to access finance, a mini business plan competition was organised in which 25 young people benefitted from loans to start up their respective businesses. The next generation of entrepreneurs starts next month!
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