Better livelihoods and social inclusion of marginalised young people dependent on the informal economy

Better livelihoods and social inclusion of marginalised young people dependent on the informal economy

Youth Economic Empowerment - Ndumbwe Masonry Group

The government and my ministry in particular are committed to ensure youth and women get all required support. You know, if we are to industrialise this country, youth and women have to be empowered; physically and mentally, their contributions are unmatchable.

Seleman Jafo, Minister of Local Government

CONTEXT

The 3-year EU funded 'Partnership to enhance livelihoods and social inclusion of marginalised young people dependent on the informal economy' project or 'Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) project' in Tanzania began in 2015 to improve and increase access to employment opportunities and promote economic empowerment for vulnerable youth dependent on informal sector in Tanzania.

OBJECTIVES

  • The project that targets 9,100 marginalised youth is implemented by Plan International and VSO, in partnership with Uhamasishaji Hifadhi Kisarawe (UHIKI), Community Development & Relief Trust (CODERT) and Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) in five regions.

RESULTS

  • The Ndumbwe Masonry Group of Mtwara Municipality is one of the most successful groups of the project composed of 9 graduates and 11 current trainees. The graduates are still with the master crafter who decided to stay and work with them in the tenders he obtains. He pays them Tshs. 10,000/- each every day, a market rate for qualified technicians.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Over 9000 young people benefiting from the project

TESTIMONY

Hassani Dadi Hassani, 24 and Mohamedi Saidi Lidimba

Hassani Dadi Hassani, 24 and Mohamedi Saidi Lidimba, 18 are two active members of the  Ndumbwe Masonry Group of Mtwara Municipality.  They both belong to also a Youth Savings and Loans Association (YSLA) which has 16 members and Income Generating Association (IGA) group (5 members) which earned 50,000 Tshs per month.

Hassani, who has only one parent-mother, had studied up to form 4, but failed to continue due the unavailability of resources to pay for his school fees. But through opportunities provided by the YEE project, his dreams are rejuvenated.  

Mohamedi (18 years of age) studied until standard 7, he lives with his parents and siblings, a farming family. He worked as a builder but had no qualifications or formal career plan.  Having received information about YEE project from his ward notice board, offered him the training opportunity that he desired. 

Both Hassan and Mohamed use acquired skills from the project to get building tenders that give them income, something they never dreamt of. They have ambitions to learn more masonry skills and be able to apply them for more tenders.