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Kawsu Jaiteh: The migrant returnee working to make it in The Gambia

When the journey to Europe became the only hope for survival, Kawsu Jaiteh did not mind if that meant taking the irregular route. After much struggle, he made it to Libya through the Mediterranean Sea. Kawsu travelled with only a skill in painting which rendered his hopes for success futile. With so many challenges and unpleasant experiences he made his way back home.

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Musa Sarr: A young Gambian leading a career in painting

Musa Sarr, commonly known as “MUART” is a 21-year-old Gambian passionate about fine art. His expertise ranges from Mural, Portrait painting, and Graffiti lettering. Musa inherited painting skills from both maternal and paternal grandparents. “I never attended any Art school, l am a self-taught painter,” he puts. Unknowing to him that this could transform into a profit-making venture, Musa started with Carpentry and Welding to sustain a decent livelihood.

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Mariama Ceesay: A budding fashion designer with immaculate eye for colour

Inspired by the natural colors of fabrics, the beauty in nature, and how that can translate into exquisite designs that sit immaculately on the skin, Mariama Ceesay ventured into tailoring and fashion with a hope to enhance beauty embedded in clothing. Her family and community members were her first customers. They would patronize her business and promote it to help expand her customer base.

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Muhammed Ceesay: A means to a sustainable livelihood through Satellite Installation

As a young person growing up in The Gambia, Muhammed Ceesay, a native of Sinchu always thought it was impossible to make it in The Gambia. Thoughts of traveling abroad engulfed him until he started seeing his friends die in the Mediterranean Sea including his childhood friend, which became a point of call for him.

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Momodou Khan: Emerging professional tech developer

At 21, Momodou was already convinced that, contrary to popular opinion that one can only make it outside The Gambia, it is very possible to make it in The Gambia. It just takes hard work. It was from that point on that he started working towards becoming a different person in acquiring skills and shaping his future.

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Closure of the TVET Mini Grant

[Banjul, 23 June 2022] NACCUG and the International Trade Centre (ITC) wish to inform the public and all prospective TVET mini-grant applicants that applications for the TVET Grant is closing on 24 June 2022.

The TVET Mini-Grant was launched in February 2022 with the objective of supporting 200 graduates from technical and vocational training programmes to establish their own businesses. This initiative has been met with great demand. To date, NACCUG has received more than 400 applications to this support. More than 150 applications have already been approved.

The TVET Mini-Grant is an initiat...

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Building Forward Better: ITC and UNDP Support the Development of Rural Communities Through Livelihood Diversification

Agriculture remains the leading employer of youth and women in The Gambia, especially in rural areas. The sector, however, is faced with a myriad of challenges. The climate crisis, especially erratic rainfall continues to disrupt the livelihood of smallholder rural farmers. This has reduced crop yield and by extension, the income of rural farmers.

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Ellen Sambou, a young woman set to inspire a generation of women through her technical venture

“My biggest motivation has been wanting to do things that people think cannot be done by a woman.” Ellen S. Sambou has the zeal to defy the odds in a male-dominated field. Studying Refrigeration and Air conditioning at GTTI was an undertaking meant to encourage more women to challenge the norm and realize their full potential. “I chose this because it is a field widely dominated by men and women should not be left behind,” she shared. In the beginning, it was not easy for Ellen as the stereotypes kicked in, but her drive to achieve measurable results in this field for a fair workforce kept her moving. Like many students who juggle adult life and higher education, the financial burden almost became unbearable. However, the determined Ellen knew she was meant to overcome every obstacle that was to serve as a deterrent in achieving her vision.

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Baboucarr Njie, young entrepreneur moving brands and stories in The Gambia

Driven by the need to move brands and tell stories, Baboucarr Njie founded Outboost Media Analytics in January 2020 to support businesses and institutions reach their target audience and sell their services efficiently. The business started in a pandemic brought forth its unique setbacks. “The COVID had just begun and Outboost had an extremely low capacity due to being a privately funded business with no funding facility.” He outlined.

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