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Project information

SEED Business Skills Development Programme

With unemployment in Zimbabwe at 90% our programme looks to equip people with the skills they need to generate a sustainable income (such as carpentry, bicycle servicing, business and finance skills). In the longer term they then set up businesses and train and employ others in the local area.

ongoing project with each person receiving 15 hours training

Charity information: The Sustainable, Ecological And Economic Development Project ('the Seed Project')

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  • Need

    Need

    Unemployment in Zimbabwe stands at around 95%, ranked in 2009 as the highest in the world. It has increased at an alarming rate (from about 84% in 2011).

    Over 80% of the population live in poverty and young people often find themselves without the practical and/or business skills they need to set up their own business.

    Solution

    Building on our experience, and in response to demand from communities, this project will target recent school leavers aged 16-25, and young adults aged 26-35, who are struggling to make a living.

    Each person will receive 15 hours’ training, including business, finance, and two vocational skills (e.g. sewing, carpentry, cooking). Training will be practical, giving trainees hands-on experience and using relevant real-life examples, giving them the skills to set up their own business.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Participants will develop practical skills

    Activities

    » Provide training in two vocational skills, such as carpentry, sewing or cooking. Identified after they undergo a needs assessment.
    » Use real life experience and examples to develop these skills

    We will record attendance at training sessions, test participants on what they have learnt, ask them for feedback on sessions and keep in contact after training has ended


    Aim 2

    Participants will develop business skills

    Activities

    » 15 hours of training will be provided which will include business skills such as budget setting
    » Real life examples will be used, with demonstration of new techniques or solutions

    We will record attendance at training sessions, test participants on what they have learnt, ask them for feedback on sessions and keep in contact after training has ended


    Aim 3

    Participants will set up their own businesses

    Activities

    » Through vocational and business skills they learn
    » Advice and guidance from programme workers

    We will keep in contact after training has ended and keep a record of how many participants went on to set up their own businesses


    Aim 4

    Participants will train and support others in the local community

    Activities

    » Providing employment and volunteering opportunities in their businesses
    » Training others in the business skills they have learnt
    » Through promoting the programme via their networks in the local community

    We will keep in contact after training has ended and keep a record of how many participants employed others in the local community and/or told them about the programme.


  • Impact

    Impact

    In the long term we expect participants to utilise their business knowledge and apply their practical skills to a real world setting. They will set up their own businesses, support themselves and their families, and train and employ others.

    We will demonstrate this through the number of businesses created, participants in employment and interest generated in the programme going forward.

    Risk

    1) A trainer may drop out: The trainers understand the project’s importance. We will remunerate them fairly & have back-up trainers we can approach.
    2) Local officials may see such an empowerment project as politically motivated: We’ve developed good working relations with local authorities and will meet with local leaders to explain the project’s approach and ensure their buy-in.
    3) don’t raise funding: run a reduced version of the project with less participants

    Reporting

    We will regularly report to donors by updating them on:
    - the number and background of people participating in the programme
    - the number of hours training given and types of sessions
    - feedback on sessions
    - case studies, pictures and quotes
    - Success stories

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £668 trainers to deliver 8 courses - 20 participants per course
      £2,000 venue including refreshments and materials
      £1,200 project manager to coordinate project
      £120 transport to different areas
      £150 internet mobile access
      £110 monitoring and evaluation to gather feedback and report on outcomes
      £812 overheads including Zimbabwe office and UK administration costs
      £440 currency fluctuation currency fluctuation
  • Background

    Location

    The SEED Project recognises the wide variety of residential communities found in every nation, yet makes the general distinction between rural, low density urban and high density urban as the three major types found in Southern Africa, with identifiable distinctive features. The SEED Project aims to work in at least one example of each of these communities in each of its areas of focus, in order to provide relevant models for churches/other groups to follow.

    Beneficiaries

    We work primarily in communities where unemployment, ill health and hunger are high, and opportunities, hope and education are low. The project will support recent school leavers aged 16-25, plus 20 young adults aged 26-35, who are struggling to make a living.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully delivered the programme in the past: training 160 young adults in practical and business skills to enable them to generate their own income.

    We have successfully delivered other programmes including our acclaimed cholera health education project reached 72,993 families. Our literacy & skills development projects enabled 125 domestic workers & school leavers to study further, for example.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Robert Kazunga

    Born in Zimbabwe, Robert has a Diploma in Business Administration and a BA in Human and Social Studies, with specialisation in Community Development.

    Nyasha Migioni

    Raised in Zimbabwe, Nyasha worked in the UK as a Health Care Worker and in Zimbabwe in various scientific and administrative roles.

£34

Will pay for one participant to receive life changing skills that will lead to a sustainable future.