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Young entrepreneurs: creating a path to success

Young entrepreneurs: creating a path to success

Join us as we meet the young people building a brighter future around the world.

Jayanti: making furniture in Nepal

Jayanti, making furniture in Nepal

If such opportunities are provided to young women, they can change not only their own lives but also help change others’ lives too.

In Nepal, the turning point in Jayanti’s life came when she joined a local women’s group, facilitated by Plan International, and took a two-month vocational training course on making furniture and decorative items from cane, a locally available material.

"We women can do the same work as men do, we only need the opportunity,” says Jayanti.

After the training, Jayanti and a group of women decided to start their own business. We supported them with their start-up costs and now their business is flourishing, with the products they make going to a local market, as well as being sent to India.

Ousmane: chicken farming in Senegal

Ousmane with his chickens in Senegal

“It is hard growing up here, but with a lot of effort and projects like Plan International’s, it is possible to create a better environment and enjoy a better life,” says 24-year-old Ousmane.

He dropped out of school when he was 13 and started selling items around town to help his family make ends meet. Then he found out that Plan International was starting a project in his community, so young people could learn about apprenticeships and how to start a small business.

Now Ousmane has a successful chicken farm, and he’s happy to see the impact it’s having on his family.

Delia: weaving and crafting in Peru

Delia, 23, in Peru

Our dream is to grow even more, sell more products, earn more money and become big businesswomen.

Delia, 23, is one of 11 young women who started their own weaving business in Peru, producing brightly-coloured craft items for tourists.

With Plan International’s support, the group launched their business in 2018.

Now they’re making a profit, they no longer have to depend on their husbands’ or parents’ wages, and are hoping to expand their business with a new range of products.

Resty: rearing pigs in Uganda

Resty with her pigs in Uganda

"Before, I had to ask for my husband's support for everything," says 23-year-old Resty, who’s a mum to three young children.

Resty took part in A Working Future, a youth economic empowerment programme in Uganda, which is supported by Plan International, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP).

It connects young people with access to financial services, teaches them critical work skills, and links them to job opportunities.

Now Resty is rearing pigs and using the money she earns to pay for her children’s school fees. She’s also planning to expand her business to include chickens, and is currently constructing a new coop to house them.

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