Livelihood and Entrepreneurship
Our programs works and supports the disadvantaged in communities in day-to-day life at home and in societies; make employees more aware of the context of their work, better able to seize opportunities, and provide foundation for establishing a social or commercial activity.” People cultivate, unlock and live up to the creativity potential for economic growth, Unlocking entrepreneurial capabilities meet the global challenges of the 21st Century. Entrepreneurship has never been more important than it is today in this time of financial crisis, at the same time, societies face massive global challenges that extend well beyond the economy. Innovations and entrepreneurship will provide a way forward and solve the global challenges of the 21st century, building sustainable development, creating jobs, generating renewed economic growth and advancing human welfare.
Our focus on “Entrepreneurship supports individual’s ability to turn ideas into action, that include: Creativity, innovation, taking calculated risks and ability to plan and manage projects in order to achieve objectives. We increase opportunities for economic growth, we educate our next Generation of Entrepreneurs “by letting thousands of entrepreneurs try new ideas, to innovate and create businesses that put those ideas to work in a competitive and open way, “Education is the clearest path to individual opportunity, societal growth and entrepreneurship, education is vital to fueling a more robust global economy. Entrepreneurs bring new ideas to life through Innovation, Creativity and the Desire to build something of lasting values.
Therefore, at AGL we continually foster educational cultures within our organization and communities to keep the entrepreneurship pipeline filled for generations to come.” Our focus on entrepreneurs is needed for entrepreneurial societies in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continual.” With existing knowledge, skills and practices, we facilitate, share and scale as well as enable development of innovative new tools, approaches and delivery methods that provide a landscape of entrepreneurship practices across youth, higher education and social inclusion, not only with examples but with recommendations across these segments for various stakeholders. Our goals are to raise awareness about the importance of education in entrepreneurship skills develop to solve global challenges, increase understanding on current approaches, build acceptance of entrepreneurship’s rightful roles and provide a platform for action.
We promote youth Entrepreneurs’ decision to exploit opportunities and Employability, we teaches the following:
. Entrepreneurship training that include seminars, workshops, learning modules and resource guides.
. Mentor, business coaching and other activities that help a long the journey to self-employment and exploit opportunities.
. Source Resources from Partners for small funding to help cover business start-up costs.
AGL is a training network for young people starting alternatives-to-business together to recreate economy in the process, we support values and economic equality by fostering entrepreneurial, community building skills, mentor-ship, support for ecosystem and changing lack of meaningful employment opportunities. These factors put greater pressure on young people from low income families, restrict community building and entrepreneurial spirit, and prevent young people from realizing their full potential.
Increased training programs focus on building skills and capacities for self-sustaining enterprises developed by young people, with the young people and for the young people. The goal of our program is to work with graduates on a long-term basis and establish a lasting and supportive network of community enterprises in collaborations with other local community groups to:
1. Create low cost alternative education and training opportunity for vulnerable groups of young people.
2. Deliver education and training through `learning by doing` where youth are able to share in the creation of both the process and the product of their learning experience.
3. Create opportunities for young people to help themselves, rather than relying on other institutions e.g. business, government, etc.
4. Address problems or opportunities in a way that is different to how it’s been addressed previously.
5. Produce social enterprises that provide meaningful employment for young people.
6. Our approach to involve groups that may have been previously excluded from participating or benefiting
7. Create sustainable social enterprises, meaning education, training, and employment opportunities that continue to adapt to become sustainable in the future.
Traditional approaches to addressing youth unemployment focus on working with existing employers and training providers to reduce barriers to entry and create and increase opportunities for growth and development beyond entry level positions.
Aims and objectives – To equip vulnerable youth from marginalized communities with entrepreneurial, related functional literacy skills, Environmental, Basic Agricultural, Capacity building, Leadership, Peace Reconciliation, and Sustainable Development training.
Create sustainable learning opportunities that nurture youth empowerment, socioeconomic inclusion and provide out-of-school youth with marketable livelihood/vocational skills in order to enhance their employment (formal and/or informal) opportunities.
Break the cycle of youth marginalization and vulnerability that undermines individual, community and national development prospects by raising awareness of HIV and combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, Human rights campaigns, Programs implementation, establish viable income generating projects (For poverty reduction)and youth empowerment.
Approaches and methods – We collaborate and work with Members of communities, volunteers, Professionals including academics and development specialists who together play central and critical role in running and implementing community programs. The cooperation helps strengthen the capacity of AGL in program implementations as we mobilize, carry out survey, set implementation strategies, develop project curriculum, teaching-learning materials, monitoring and projects evaluations.
Recruitment of facilitators and local artisans- We use the Country Directors who are responsible for community mobilization, volunteer staff recruitment, support in implementing projects in their respective countries. They as well coordinate and help set programs in Education, Training, Public awareness campaigns, Identifying and placing participants (Learners) with local Artisans/Business owners for intern-ship. We use Pre-Enrollment, Assessment, Counselling and Mentor-ship on potential learners that is intended to ensure that only the most disadvantaged and thus deserving youth are enrolled into the program, helping them to make informed choice with regards to their potential vocational training, be empowered and entrusted with the responsibilities as Leaders/Managers.
Teaching-learning approaches and methods- In order to effectively equip learners with sustainable practical and technical vocational skills, the training of learners is primarily through the use of participatory methods (i.e. action-based). Learners are placed under the mentor-ship of master Artisans/Experienced facilitator and as such, training is characterized by three major approaches: (1) Learning by doing, (2) Learning by producing and (3) Learning by earning’. Learning by producing and Earning is central to the training as most of them have been exposed to earning money at an early age, having lived and or continuing to live in dire conditions-in poverty, including being homeless, heading households, as sex workers, prostitutes, or even house helpers. This also explains most youth’s preference for training in trades that take a short period to complete. Participatory Teaching-Learning methods are essential as most Artisans and Learners (Participants) do not have formal education beyond primary level. However, the use of Formal instruction that include Story-telling, Group discussions, Debates, Seminars, Forums, Dialogue, and lectures is primarily employed to facilitate the integration of community education with a number of easy-to-read learning materials (visual materials) such as: Booklets, Pamphlets and Posters that we produce to enable facilitators to effectively conduct education classes.
Some of the reading materials used are obtained from our partners that include: Local/International Agencies like Feed the Children, Red Cross, ICRC, UNDP, UN Habitat, HIV/AIDS Society/Councils, Ministries, Departments, colleges, Universities, Adolescent sexual reproductive health training curriculum for young people (produced and WHO)
Peer educators training curriculum (Pathfinder): This curriculum identifies activities, which can be undertaken by peers in order to orient them on their roles as they promote adolescent reproductive health PEER TO PEER strategies in drug abuse prevention by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Community-Based Micro-Finance for Financial inclusion – The course shifts the discourse from ‘Micro-finance to Financial inclusion’, the role of community based approaches that deepen inclusion in unbanked communities. Participants understand the importance and different aspects of financial inclusion, and study models such as “Merry-go round, Village Savings and Loans, Self-Help-Groups, financial Cooperatives, Credit Unions. They learn about innovations such as mobile banking, Telephone banking, value-chain finance, bank linkages, and community currency. We provides financial literacy and emotional support addressing the root causes for financial challenges. With our long term goal of creating a unique model of micro-lending that will not incur new borrowing costs for members in communities who are already in severe financial hardship experiences. To bring together groups from financial expertise/Institutions, uniting different grass-root groups with systems in Governments.
Personal benefits – Communities understanding the role of financial services in inclusive economy and the role of community-based micro-finance institutions, linking those institutions with formal financial institutions, understanding financial behaviour of low-income population groups, learning the principles of designed financial literacy components as well as designed appropriate financial products such as savings, insurance, payment services, and value-chain finance. To obtain an in-depth understanding of different community-based Micro-finance models such as village savings and loan associations (or savings groups- Merry-go-round), self-help groups, SACCOs, and credit, the ways in which different member-owned institutions apply cooperative principles to ensure the delivery of appropriate financial products.
Explore real-world examples of establishing multi-tier institutions and networks, building linkages with banks and other financial institutions, use of mobile banking, Mobile phone banking, opportunities and challenges of structuring value-chain oriented finance products in community based models, agriculture coops. Learn about different country regulatory policies and supervision structures for community-based micro-finance models, and the importance of self-regulation. Gain valuable hands-on knowledge through visits to successful community-based micro-finance institutions, interaction with leading sector practitioners, and peer learning with fellow participants.
Our benefits – We developed strategies to strengthen program design, management, and product design capacities in community-based micro-finance programming, for both rural and undeserved urban communities with Banks, formal micro-finance institutions, and various value-chain actors to reach informal savings groups and cooperatives to enhance capacity to analyse operative environments and adopted program designs that enable families in the informal sector to access appropriate financial services and participate more effectively in the local economy. With Developed approaches to integrate community-based Micro-finance Models into diverse programs like food security, sustainable livelihoods, women’s empowerment, and other outcomes and goals. Our Capacity building programs strengthens governance and peace building with the main focus on Women and Youth Economic Empowerment initiatives through Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Business education, Micro- Finance/Sustainability, one-at-a-time, is how we see our vision of unity with the diverse succeeding cognitional values.