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AMERMS Workshop 22: Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth (PPT by Barbara Mirembe)



Creating Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth to Prevent Destructive Behaviors
ROOM: Impala/Lake Turkana
Panelist: Dr. Wahome Gakuru, Director - Marketing, Policy & Advocacy, Equity Bank, Kenya
Panelist: Ms. Barbara Mirembe, Manager, Training & Material Development, BRAC Uganda, Uganda
Panelist: Mr. Hopewell Zheke, Project Manager – STRIVE/OVC, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

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  • 1. Creating Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth The BRAC Uganda Experience Barbara Mirembe Manager, Training and Material Development Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents
  • 2. Youth Demographic in Uganda
    • 35% of Uganda’s population:10-24 years
    • 48% do not complete primary education
    • BRAC Research: Adolescent girls in Uganda are most vulnerable in the region
    School drop-out 28% Married Adolescents 10% Pregnant (current/past) 12% Sexual Activity (before 15) 33% Sexual Abuse 18% Strong need for Credit, Savings and Livelihood support
  • 3. BRAC Uganda Youth Programs
    • ELA: Empowerment & Livelihoods for Adolescents
    • 46,000+ young women borrowers in the mainstream microfinance program
  • 4. Empowering Adolescent Girls through ELA
        • Safe spaces for gathering and learning
        • Community outreach, awareness, facilitation
        • Life-skill training
        • Financial literacy training
        • Income-generation skill training
        • Microfinance
  • 5. Growth of ELA in Uganda
    • Leverages 15 years of experience working with adolescent girls in Bangladesh
    • BRAC Uganda ELA Program
      • Dec 2007: Pilot launched with support from Nike Foundation
      • Aug 2008: 100 clubs operational - empowering 2500 girls
      • Feb 2010: 500 clubs being run under the program, touching the lives of 15,350+ girls
      • Dec 2010: Targeted to reach more than 21,000 girls
  • 6. Life-cycle of Adolescent Girls in ELA Livelihood Training
  • 7. Financial Literacy Training
    • Key Components of the training include:
      • Savings
      • Budgeting
      • Financial Institutions and services offered
      • Negotiating
      • Income Generation
      • Basic Accounting
      • Customer Care
    • Financial Literacy training compulsory before girls can receive microloans
    • Over time, BRAC plans to train all ELA members in Financial Literacy
  • 8. Livelihood Training
    • Analyze the market, and Understand the needs of Adolescent girls
    • Identify key livelihood opportunities
      • Agriculture
      • Poultry & Livestock
      • Hairdressing
      • Tailoring
      • Catering Services
    • Training provided through locally available trainers and mentorship with existing small-business owners
  • 9. Youth Microfinance
    • Group Loans – duplicates BRAC’s mainstream microfinance approach
    • Lower average loan size: $75 (vs. $210)
    • Linking Financial literacy, Livelihood training and microfinance loans – holistic approach
    • Feb 2010: 800 borrowers have accessed credit
      • saloon, grocery shops, food selling, clothes and shoes selling.
    • Dec 2010: Targeted to reach 8,000 borrowers
  • 10. Impact of the program
    • High rate of participation in the clubs
    • Zero defaults till date (although small)
    • Randomized evaluation of ELA Program
      • Research team in partnership with World Bank and LSE
      • Baseline: November 2008
      • Mid-term Assessment in March 2010 and Repeat survey in 2011
  • 11. THANK YOU