Our initiatives outside of school

Youth Enterprise Challenge

In 2020, Teach A Man To Fish ran the Youth Enterprise Challenge, a 12-month pilot project in partnership with Opportunity International and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung. Working with 48 existing farmer field groups in rural communities in Mityana, Uganda, this pilot reached 1,440 out-of-school youth and supported them to plan, set up, and run group businesses.

This pilot adapted School Enterprise Challenge resources to meet the needs of youth with low literacy skills, and improved the financial and entrepreneurial skills of the targeted youth groups. Ultimately, these new skills help young adults improve their lives by creating opportunities for themselves.

In 2021 we supported over 150 young farmer groups to plan, set up and run a group business. In year one, increased confidence and knowledge in financial literacy, market research and forward planning has enabled 250 high achieving group members to set up businesses that can support their families and local communities. Some of the high achievers from this group have gone on to earn three times more monthly income than an average
rural youth, using their knowledge and skills from the programme to run their own business.

"As a business woman, I feel good and I like it so much because I want to develop and become a role model in my community" - Agness, 21-year-old Youth Enterprise Challenge participant.


Agness improved her chapati business thanks to the skills she learnt in the youth group.

Adapting the School Enterprise Challenge to out-of-school business clubs

In 2020, we reached 1,684 young people who were not able to attend school, through our business clubs in Rwanda and Uganda. These business clubs were designed to train teachers to be facilitators for groups of young people who were most at risk of dropping out of school permanently as a result of the pandemic.

Through this approach, we were able to support children and young people in marginalised communities to develop essential life and business skills through the planning and implementation of businesses outside of school. Early data from this programme suggests that young people were able to develop key life skills through the youth-led businesses, even in this out-of-school setting.

"Joining the business club became a solution to me because during school closures, I lost all hope for my future. By joining the business club, I became a businessman. This was an opportunity to learn (...) The skills obtained from the business club will be helpful in the future, because I plan to continue doing business at the same time as studying." - Jack, Marketing Manager of an out-of-school business club in Nyagakizi, Rwanda.

Business club participants in Dokolo, Uganda, built skills through their agricultural business.
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