IMVF TEKKI FII trains young people in entrepreneurship and marketing techniques –

By: Haruna Kuyateh

The IMVF TEKKI FII project, an EU-supported project, concluded its six days of entrepreneurship and marketing training which was marked by a ceremony to hand over starter kits for the 2nd group of beneficiaries of the TVET. The slogan Promoting agribusiness opportunities for young Gambians. The training took place at the Walimang Hotel in Farafenni, North Bank region. The entrepreneurship training was attended by 51 beneficiaries and aimed to transform the lives of rural youth through TVET education in the field of mini-machinery technicians in the field of motorcycle and generator repair, poultry, honey, horticulture, business and small ruminant production. .

Beneficiaries received a Startup kits grant of D50,000 to boost their business sector.

Capacity development targeted 5 for small engine repairs, poultry 2, beekeeping 5, horticulture 19, small ruminants 5 and agro-processing 15.

The training focused on record keeping, inventory, developing business plans, looking for opportunities, preservation, taking risks, demanding efficiency and quality, managing time, finding information, networking, business networking, business idea generation, marketing, promotion, market research and what makes a good business idea.

The beneficiaries were IMVF TEKKI FII sponsored students from Tumana Agency for Development (TAD) and Julangel Training Center in Upper River Region, Amsterdam Training Center in Bush Region Town Central River North and Kuntair’s Insight Training Center in the North Bank region.

Susan LusoJatta Agribusiness and Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant at IMVF TEKKI FII spoke about the relevance of youth capacity development through TVET education and entrepreneurship.

Seedy Sey Lead Trainer said the training would foster closer collaboration and networking among young people in terms of sharing best practices. He said providing starter kits would enable young people to explore their potential to transform the lives of young people. Mr. Sey called on young people to make the most of the opportunities available in the country, citing the Youth Revolving Loan Scheme of the Social Development Fund, GIRAV, NEDI, ROOTS and other microfinance institutions.

Alagie Camara and Pa Malick Jallow, executive members of Gambia Backway Returnees GBR, give a presentation on the dangers of irregular migration, citing loss of life, imprisonment and economic loss to families.

The young beneficiaries praised the intervention of IMVF TEKKI FII to complement the government’s efforts to ensure the transition from training to TVET among rural youth and, importantly, to provide them with subsidies for starter kits. Young people are committed to adopting best practices and using the grants.

Aminata Nyabally, a food processing graduate from the Tumana Agency for TAD Development, confirmed that she received a fridge, blender, sealing machine, inverter and battery charger control as part of kits startup money worth D50,000. She noted that 4 months of IMVF-supported training at TAD transformed her life and she is now self-sufficient.

Technicians of mini-machines AmadouSaidy from Jarra Jenoi, Kali Dem from Fuladou Dasilami were delighted with the support given to them for the repair of motorcycles and generators. Starter kits in the form of toolkits, sprayers, shoes, gloves and essential gear have arrived at the right time and they are ready to start their business. Grantees call on their fellow youth to make the most of the opportunities available in the country.

Haruna Fofana, a beekeeper from Wassu, said training on honey harvesting and the processing of wax into soap and oil helps in the production of honey using modern harvesting methods. He thanked IMVF TEKKI FII for the support and ensured the use of skills.

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