The Sustainable Livelihood Initiative Project (SLIP) works towards increasing youth self-employment levels within the Karaga district of Ghana’s northern region. Through capacity building and the implementation of a revolving microcredit program, SLIP contributes to the improved economic status of young people and, thereby, the reduction of poverty levels in the area. Funded by the Unites States based organization Empower, SLIP is now in the final year of its two-year funding period (2015-2016).
- Increase skills of 60 young people in bicycle mechanics, 120 young women entrepreneurs, and 30 additional young people from 10 organized youth groups with skills in entrepreneurship, networking and advocacy
- Expand the businesses of 120 young women (mobile phone repairers, seamstresses and petty traders) and 60 young men (mechanics) with revolving microcredit facility
- Increase the influence of young people over the business environment (opportunities, available government supports grants, business training, business exposure fairs and gender job stereotyping) in the Karaga district
To reach these objectives, the Sustainable Livelihood Initiative Project is progressively providing 6 training modules: motorbike repair, bicycle repair apprenticeships, sewing machine engineering, financial literacy and business management skill trainings, and awareness creation on the effects of job gender stereotyping. In addition, a revolving microcredit system has been developed to promote entrepreneurship growth of small businesses.
In the project’s first year, SLIP has successfully provided 35 youth with apprenticeships in bicycle repairs, supported a dozen (12) motorbike mechanics in skills upgrading, trained 9 seamstresses on sewing machine repairs, and trained a total of 138 youth on entrepreneurship, networking and credit management. Impressively, SLIP has been able to provide 122 young business owners with revolving microloans and have engaged over 1500 youth for gender job stereotyping sensitizations.
In it’s final year, SLIP will continue to strive towards reaching these three objectives and creating self-sustaining, self-employed youth who will become champions in their communities and further contribute to the reduction of poverty rates in the Karaga district.