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Project fact file

Country: Sierra Leone
Sector: Entrepreneurship opportunities
Type: on-the-ground project
Status: implementation
Start date: 2012
Project owner: Student Enterprises Promotion Service Centre (SEPS-C)
Beneficiary: Youth entrepreneurs
Total cost: 70.000 euro
Current funding by Seva Network Foundation is 16000 euro
Contact: Abubakarr Bangura
Tel: 0031-06-27284025

Context

The high unemployment rate and poverty of the youth around Rokel is a social problem. In this region, it is difficult to collaborate effectively in the field of business promotion for micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs), due to inadequate infrastructural facilities and a lack of ICT capacity. This minimizes the opportunities to share information and learn from other experiences. Against this background the business centre will address the issues of ICT capacity development and create an adequate infrastructure for collaboration.

Target group: micro, small and medium enterprises

Objectives

  1. To establish a Business Development Service Centre with ICT facilities to promote private sector businesses.
  2. To train owners of micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs), led by youth, in the area of business management, financial management, and entrepreneurial skills development. As such, they can enhance their knowledge, and improve the quality and quantity of production in the coming three years, while combining and supporting these with ICT applications.
  3. To research ways and means of market access and market expansion for the products and services of the enterprises.
  4. The center will also serve as a recruitment agency, giving job seekers a competitive edge in the marketplace.

 

Centre for youth Entrepreneurship - Rokel