YEP - Training for vulnerable families to tackle child vendors

Jan 28, 2017

A child vendor selling his goods - a common sight in Samoa. Photo credit: UNDP/N.Vaa/2017

A one week training ended yesterday through the Youth Employment Programme (YEP) implemented by the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) and funded by the UNDP, and in partnership with the Small Business Enterprises Centre (SBEC).  This training was proposed to help vulnerable families who use their children to hawk goods in town.

The initiative was aimed to support the families to start up smaller businesses that will help them earn income to sustain their living.

Several families have been selected according to a national level electronic platform of comprehensive labour market information developed within the framework of the YEP. During the weeklong training, they had access to a Small Business Incubator developed through a public-private partnership, to provide youth-led start-ups with a range of services to support micro-enterprise development.

During the training, participants were taught on smaller businesses such as printing materials, carving and other handicrafts.

Of the eleven families that started this initiaive, only six graduated.  The successful graduate families each received a $3,500 monetary assistance to start a gainful occupation. Part of the budget was transferred to the participants to start their businesses, while the remainder, was set aside to support the development of their activities in the months to come.

Article written by:

Thibault Le Pivain, Intern, GPRU, UNDP Samoa

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