Economic Empowerment Project
According to HRW-2017, 1.5 Million Adolescents who are supposed to be in school are not in Schools. Among the reasons, which contribute to drop, are teenage pregnancy, child marriage, child labour and exploitation and others.
In order to combat these high dropout rates and the lack of educational opportunities for Tanzanian girls, Hakizetu provides vocational training to girls, young mothers and boys school who are school droppers and survivors of various kinds of violence. Hakizetu believes that vocational skills and life skills are one of the best avenues to avoid cycles of poverty, and upholding economic freedom, which enables survivors to engage in decision making for their well beings.
During the in training period beneficiaries also engage in mentor-ship and life skill sessions from identified Mentors. During mentor-ship sessions beneficiaries are engaged on how to build their brand, how to get market for their product and how to engage their customers. Also in life skills they’re trained on behavior change and SRHR sessions.
Micro-finance, also called micro-credit, is a type of seed grant service provided to unemployed or low-income individuals or groups who otherwise would have no other access to financial services. Hakizetu provides this seed grants to groups of young people and women who are unemployed. After being trained and engaged under Hakizetu sessions (Entrepreneurship or vocational training) those who perform well are supported to establish their own business by provided with seed grant for business start-up or development. Hakizetu provides between $150-$250 to individual. Beneficiaries also are supported with financial and business education. The goal of micro-finance is to ultimately give impoverished people an opportunity to become self-sufficient.
As these entrepreneurs start new businesses, we’ve witnessed their power to create new jobs and help shape local economies. Our entrepreneurship initiatives give young men and women the foundational knowledge, training, and resources to start, lead, and grow small and micro enterprises.
We empower young people to succeed in self-employment, because we know that the global market can’t keep pace with the vast numbers of young people entering every year.
In every initiative which is intended to empower young people economically Hakizetu uses informal Approach where beneficiaries learn through getting experience from local successful business women and men who are founded within their communities