Nigeria – GPA provided a $5000 grant to the Centre For Family Health Initive MICSEP program in July, 2015. The center worked with local organizations to identify 44 youth to participate in entrepreneurship training. 26 youth were chosen to receive $125 in loans to begin operations in baking, grinding foodstuffs and selling popcorn. As a condition of funding, all youth worked with mentors and had guarantors for repayment of funds. By August, 2016 25 youth had started viable businesses that supported their families basic needs and most had expanded operations to other, related ventures. 81% of all funds have been repaid and the program will use these funds to support another cohort of youth in 2017.
Kenya – In December, 2014 GPA awarded $5000 to ICF to train 75 physically disabled and educationally disadvantaged youth in a remote Nigerian village. No government programs or assistance are offered to the physically disadvantaged and many must beg for sustenance. Youth were trained in shoe making, bead making, clothes and mat weaving.
GPA awarded a second grant in the amount of $10,000 in June, 2015 to develop organizational sustainability and expand ICF’s programs to the community.
Take a moment to view their training video and meet these incredible young social entrepreneurs!