Strengthening the economy of the family
In this line of work people do food gardens, income generating activities, short courses in business skills, agriculture and food processing and courses to prepare youth for employment
Quotes from the Mabutsane project report
The HPP Mabutsane project has provided mentorship to fourteen “out of school” youth in Khonkhwa village, who have been enrolled in the Youth Employment Program (YEP). The youth who participated in the YEP are now in a position to prepare basic curricular vitae and ready to apply for available job opportunities. This has also encouraged them to search for more opportunities rather than being dependent on government temporary employment schemes.
The youth have then been linked to employment in the following departments: Out of School Education and Training (OSET), a local butchery, security companies and also the National Service Program (Tirelo Sechaba). One youth is running a secretarial services business which was donated by Mascom. Other youth have benefited from the LIMID Agricultural program for inputs to start small stock rearing.
Story from the field: Mabutsane Economic Strengthening Group
Mabutsane Economic Strengthening group (ES) is comprised of 7 women who started recycling of paper to make crafts and ear rings and jam production using melons. They are sell their finished products to the community members and they have collaborated with S&CD for the group to be part of district market day activities where they can sell and showcase their products.
The group coordinator had a meeting with district social and community development office to request support for the group through government alternative package, they were then assessed to find out if they qualified for assistance. The good news is that they met the minimum requirements.
The group was later funded at the beginning of February 2015 which included cooking equipment’s for them to scale up the jam production. They worked on the project start and registration of business through the assistance of Department of Community Development until the stage of production. So far, the group has been sustainable all along through common savings.