Employment opportunities and economic empowerment for vulnerable youth in Tanzania

Employment opportunities and economic empowerment for vulnerable youth in Tanzania

I am thankful to the YEE project for the opportunities it offered me. With a little more welding education and machinery, I should be able to weld bigger and better items.

Shomari Salum, YEE course attendee

CONTEXT

This 3-year EU funded project, 'Youth Economic Empowerment - YEE' began in 2015. It was set up to improve and increase access to employment opportunities and promote economic empowerment for vulnerable young people in Tanzania.

OBJECTIVES

  • The project targets 10 132 marginalised youth and is implemented by Plan International and VSO Tanzania, in partnership with Uhamasishaji Hifadhi Kisarawe (UHIKI), Community Development & Relief Trust (CODERT) and Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) in five regions.

RESULTS

  • The project has reached around 2030 young people so far, out of which many have already reported that they have begun enjoying the fruits of the vocational skills they have acquired.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Project duration: March 2015 - Feb 2018

TESTIMONY

Shomari Salum braving from zero to hero

Shomari, 22, lives with his farmer parents and his two younger siblings. He dropped out of school after Standard seven and has a one-year old baby boy. He is separated from the mother of his child. Having heard about YEE courses from an advertisement in his ward, he signed up to the welding course.

He excelled in his YEE course and discovered many opportunities in welding. He belongs to both an Income Generating Association (IGA) and the Youth Saving and Loan Association (YSLA); participating in these groups allowed him to surmount the challenges of only getting small welding jobs and having the possibility to take a loan. This enabled him to establish his own welding workshop where he is also training and employing other young people from the community. 

Shomari is well known in his area and his workshop located at a busy crossroads is busy every day, with earnings of approximately 1 million TSh per month. His ambitions are to grow his business to a bigger entity in the area.

"I am thankful to the YEE Project for the opportunities it offered me. With a little more welding education and machinery, I should be able to weld bigger and better items."