Hello William, A really interesting idea and definitely useful as we constantly see how poor harvests affect the economy of entire villages. Rural areas in Uganda mainly rely in agriculture as a source of income which is precisely why Communities for Development works to unlock new forms of economic participation who are not necessarily linked to agriculture. The Young Entrepreneurs Club would primarily focus on developing skills and knowledge in areas such as IT, tailoring or carpentry. In any case, we believe that improving agricultural techniques is key but we approach the issue by delivering specific training or by supporting income generating activities related to agriculture.
Hello Pamoja, Thank you for your message. It is indeed a challenge to connect businesses and young graduates. For us, one of the most important things is to ensure that business owners also see a benefit on it. An option could be to pay a small sum of money to each mentor to recognise and reward their support in developing a graduate. Communication is also key as every business owner should understand the positive impact that the vocational school could have in the community. We work in a rural area with a tight community so we do not expect the stigma that you mention. We will leverage the network that we already have in Uganda to engage key members of the community who already have a business.