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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Abdourahman Jobarteh, a young entrepreneur defining the Tekki Fii path

Abdourahman Jobarteh like a lot of his friends had the intention to travel abroad for a better life until a family member convinced him to stay and find a meaningful job in The Gambia. Nothing made sense to him at first until he was told to apply for a Gambia Investment Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) supported program on poultry. “I learned about poultry from GIEPA. I was involved in layers and later saw myself in broilers. But the programme took us to the livestock farm in Abuko where we learned in both theory and practical," he said, which has been very meaningful in shaping his understanding of the field.

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Satellite Installation, a means to a sustainable livelihood for Muhammed Ceesay

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.

Fast-forward to 2018 he started studying at Sterling Skills Training Center (SSTC). This was after he challenged himself to do better in business and inspire young like-minded Gambian. Through the SkYE Fund, He underwent entrepreneurship training that shaped his business perspective ...

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Sainabou Gaye: The Fashion Enthusiast Redefining Gambian Fashion Industry

29-year-old Sainabou Gaye is the proprietress of the African Swag Collection, a fashion brand she started with just D3000 from which she purchased a domestic sewing machine, scissors, and other necessary equipment. Working from home at the early days of the business was tough on the young Sainabou, “but today my brand can be listed among the top-ten fashion brands in The Gambia.” Proudly adding that it started with a domestic machine to an industrial production center that has a separate showroom and equally employs and trains young Gambians.

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“Dancing kept me and many young people off the streets”

Ndey Fatou Jabang is a Choreographer, Actress, Media personality, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni, and a dance entrepreneur in The Gambia. She is the founder of Flex Fuzion Dance Academy and Entertainment, the premier dance company and School in The Gambia offering dance classes to promote a healthy lifestyle and career channels for young people.

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#Chance2Change: The Youth Empowerment Project facilitates skill development behind bars

At the Mile 2 Central Prison, located on the outskirts of Banjul, visitors are now greeted with the sight of prisoners managing a micro-garden and producing soaps in the courtyard. A few meters from the main gate of the prison is a green micro-garden managed and maintained by inmates. During the Youth Empowerment Project’s visit to the institution, the happy-looking inmates can be seen pulling weeds and watering the crops with the expectation of a bumper harvest in a month's time. In conjunction, other inmates have inputs ready to produce soaps.

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International Trade Centre supports rural youth with three waste collection tricycles to improve waste collection systems

According to the World Bank 2.01 billion tons of solid waste are produced annually. Every day, we produce tons of waste - from the food, the clothes, to the gadgets we dispose. Evidently, we cannot stop producing solid waste. However, we can massively reduce it through circularity and other innovative means.

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Beekeeping training for 30 youth and women to mitigate the impact of COVID 19

The International Trade Center (ITC) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently concluded a 4-week intensive skills training for 30 youth and women in beekeeping. This initiative is to purposely reduce the economic and social vulnerability of the poor and marginalized populations affected by COVID 19.

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Trade Fair Gambia International: Sunkari the man with the magic hands

Beyond selling products and services to existing buyers, what every business seeks to achieve is growth. To expand its customer base and networks thereby increasing the business revenue stream.

In The Gambia, Trade Fair Gambia International provides such unique opportunities to businesses across the country and beyond. The annual event organised by The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the biggest trade fair in The Gambia and it attracts a lot of customers.

Cognizant of the opportunities young people, women, and differently abled people can tap into the annual trade event, the Interna...

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