The Blog

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Hey YEP community! Here's our platform to get you up to speed on our progress. Pop by regularly as we update our blog on the ongoings of the project.

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Where There Is Will - There is D200,000 To Ease The Way

In Soma, a community about 125km away from Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia, resides a young man motivated to make ends meet and pull his family out of the pits of poverty. Lamin Saidy, a renowned auto-mechanic in his neighborhood is inspired by the deep desire to ensure his younger siblings live a better life, have access to quality education and other basic amenities to create a better future for themselves. Lamin has worked as a mechanic for over 15years now where he earns a living and provides for his family. Lamin shared “My family and I have lived through many difficulties. I wake up every day with thoughts of them and ways to make their lives better”.

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A realised dream in The Gambia - Tekkii Fii

Luwang Ceesay, the only seamstress in Pakalinding, is on a journey to realise her dreams and grow her father’s legacy. As a beneficiary of the Tekki Fii Mini Grant, she has grown a business that operated within the four corners of her living room and a single sewing machine to a tailoring shop along the highway with 3 sewing machines and other necessities for the growth of her business. According to her, “Before the grant, my only market was my relatives and people in my immediate surrounding. But now, a lot of people see my shop and they get to see me work. This past Eid-ul-Adha celebration is a perfect depiction of how much my business has grown.”

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Andandorr Poultry Sector activated! Poultry Management Training for 20 Entrepreneurs

The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in collaboration with the PUM Netherlands Senior Experts provide training and coaching to poultry entrepreneurs under the Andandorr Programme. With this support, twenty emerging and expanding poultry enterprises in The Gambia are planning to enhance their poultry management. The participants have now started to go through a 10-weeks intensive online course.

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Getting your business online and out to the world

On 08 October 2020, The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) hosted an exciting virtual event on how SMEs in emerging markets can get their business online. Matarr Jobe, CEO & CTO of Sellox Inc., gave an expiring talk on why online sales matter. Based on vivid examples, he explained how to get the first products online and what aspects are most important for success online.

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Unlocking Entrepreneurship Potential in The Gambia: Reflections on Training and Business Development Services

What has worked regarding fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem in The Gambia? How are shortcomings and gaps addressed by the Andandorr Programme? The International Trade Centre (ITC) Gambia and The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) have published an article providing exciting insights from over 3 years’ work in the area of training and business development services. By analysing approaches which have proven successful in unlocking entrepreneurship potential as well as ones being less effective, the authors present the role of the Andandorr Programme by the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP).

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Product Photography Training - Andandorr Programme

Twenty enterprises under the Andandorr Program participated on a product photography training delivered by the Expert Photographer Lena Nian, founder of Lena Photography. The training was conducted from August 17 to September 11, 2020.

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YEP and UNDP team up for the provision and training on facemasks production

YEP and UNDP teamed up to collaborate and integrate support towards the local production of 95,000 facemasks by young entrepreneurs, returnees and TVET institutes as part of their joint response to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mbolo Association is coordinating this initiative. From 27 July to 4th August, a total of 31,326 facemasks were distributed. A portion was directly handed over to different communities and institutions including the Kanifing and Banjul Municipal Councils for their market traders. In addition, 17,700 facemasks were delivered to the Ministry of Health to be distributed ...

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Launch of the Andandorr Programme

On July 23, the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in collaboration with key entrepreneurship service providers launched a virtual onboarding meeting for the first cohort of the Andandorr Programme.

The pilot phase will focus on supporting 100 entrepreneurs in a one-year accelerator programme which includes tailored business support services, industry-specific technical and financial support, market linkages and other customized support coupled with coaching and mentorship from both local and global business leaders. The Andandorr programme targets five critical sectors of The Gambia's economy...

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EU hands over tricycles, e-bikes and bicycles to MSMEs through YEP

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered unprecedented socio-economic challenges in The Gambia. Small businesses are affected through production constraints, supply chain disruptions and marketing challenges. Wholesale and retail trade accounts for a third of the Gambian economy. The transport and storage subsector is also critical for the efficient functioning of the wider economy linking production with consumption and ensuring the provision of essential goods and services.

Young Gambian entrepreneurs are already providing valuable services in the logistics and transport sector that help cope with ...

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