Year: 2020
Country: Malawi
Project Investment: $3,717.00
Project Status: Funded
Sector: Economic Opportunity

Project Launch: 9-11-20

The Clean Business project will establish a skills hub at NAYODE Youth Organisation where young men and women will get vocational skills that will enable  them to set up businesses to divert them from producing and selling charcoal that leads to deforestation. A total of eight (8) participants will be trained in welding and fabrication, twelve (12) participants will be trained in tailoring and fashion designing and twenty (20) other participants will be trained in production of briquettes. After the training, tailoring and briquette making participants will be provided with start-up capital and tools needed to establish group businesses. The funds generated from the businesses will be shared among the (40) participants to help them attain financial independence and sustain their households. 

Project Update: 1-4-21

With $3,717.01 in World Connect investment, Clean Heat Solutions purchased welding machinery, sewing machines and materials, as well as hired trainers who have been training eight students in welding and fabrication,  twelve students, all of them women in tailoring and design. All these were previously involved in charcoal production negatively impacting the environment.  The training has progressed well regardless of the  working capital challenge which somehow limits their ability to train more. In the three months of implementation, the students in welding and fabrication and those in tailoring are showing progress as they are able to make various items, some of which have been sold.  For Example, on average the tailoring trainees are able to make K5, 000 per week from sewing work. The project aims at providing skills to the youth for them to live healthy and productive lives and contribute to the development of their area and nation at large.

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