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The Basket

Young people are the strength of a community when given the tools to be productive. Creating an environment to increase their integration

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Geography of focus (500 characters)

The young Burundian refugees in Rwanda are the target population because over the past decades living in a war torn country their aptitudes to gain meaningful skills weakened yet their potential is not destroyed. Giving them the chance to acquire technical agri-processing skills combining with digital transformation that fit with today market trend would be of great asset.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Burundian refugees are intimidated by the lack of skills to fully integrate their new living environment in Rwanda. The Basket project aim at equipping them with skills to increase their opportunities, have a descent livelihood and easily integrate their respective host communities. Acquiring technical skills in fields such as: agroprocessing, IT, construction and energy would be of great benefit.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The idea of equipping youth with skills that matches their new host environment labour market needs would be solving the problem of integration both socially and economically. Being an outsider is already taking their dignity away, however given a chance to actively take part of the development process would ease the transition from refugee to new resident! Any person, worldwide, seek productive activities beyond the basic needs of food, shelter and water to be a find peace of mind, joy, and dignity of a human being. Connecting the trained youth to regional employers' and creating micro-entreprises that servicing in the supply chains, communication and technology industry would also improve their host communities socio-economic development.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The Basket aim at training, per group of youth, in market-driven sectors which could lead to employment and micro-entrepreneurship. To evaluate its implementation process, each trained group would develop a plan of action, meet with mentors from specific industry veterans, be given the resources and tools to start. Creating partnerships is crucial to increase opportunities at a larger scale and monitoring the success factors: 1-numbers of youth that gained skills and improved their livelihood; 2- numbers of socio-economic projects generated from their communities (ie. what qualitative and quantitative changes brough by their productive abilities). 3- How are they paying forward, by supporting other youth with similar vulnerabilities (this element is key because it would provide the sustainability effort needed). 4 - The Basket can be duplicated in many other areas of the world that face youth migration.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

The idea of training young refugees and giving them an opportunity to be proactive members' of their host communities is important because, when they could return home their abilities would be a driving force to walk home with pride and re-gain peaceful mindset. It is hard to be away from home, but it is even harder to not know what tomorrow would be. Without a strong mental health and peaceful heart a person can't growth!

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The target is between the age of 18 and 30yrs, with a basic education level (reading, writing).But also, those with little education (drop-outs) are also considered but that would requires partnering with external educators to improve their learning capacities. Most of them lives in the Mahama camp, and the city of Kigali. They speak fluent Kirundi (which is similar to Kinyarwanda, ) thus facilitating communication with locals, and also their abilities to work in groups is efficient. Working with Maison Shalom, it would also facilitate to transition their practical knowledge.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Rwandan proven that resilience is not just a word, but an action-driven mindset. The fact that they are hosting other refugees, especially a young generations, does mean the examples of success stories are visible. One of the key strength is the similarities of shared values, languages and cultures: thus allowing smooth transition. Another strength is capacity building of young people is a long term investment for a nation, regardless of their backgrounds. Creating an environment that foster learning, hands-on and entrepreneurship would be a competitive advantages for any major investment, such as the new airport coming in the region where the Mahama camp is located. Highly important, the African continent recently signed their first ever free trade agreement, although Burundi is not inclusive, does not mean its young population should not take a chance at widening their abilities within the continent. The Basket is a project that want to reduce poverty throught productivity.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

The aim is to work directly with Maison Shalom and creating alongside other partners in the process of implementation such as: the cooperatives of farmers, business owners, the IT hub in kigali, and also technical education facilities.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name

LSG: Leading your Services to Growth.

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

LSG past experience of working with USAID-funded projects that improve the livelihood of vulnerable youth. The Basket is combining expertise from Fintech, Agriprocessing and supply chain to transfer knowledge and capacities that make a change in the livelihood of young refugees. The intend is to create that partnership with Maison Shalom to deliver and ensure sustainability of project beyond funding, as beneficiaries would be mandate to pay it forward to others vulnerable beneficiaries.

Type of submitter

  • Other

Organization Headquarters: Country

Rwanda.

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Kigali

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