Entrepreneurship

Feb 09, 2021
A talented youth discovers his true capacity and welcomes new opportunities Abdullah Natour, 25, resides in Ras Alin. He earned Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Jerash, and though an architect by education, deep down he always wanted to be a visual storyteller, combining his love for design with his passion for telling stories. Doubtful about his capacities in graphic design and visual production, Abdullah referred to himself as a hobbyist designer. In February 2019, Abdullah joined the USAID YouthPower project and became a facilitator for various learning activities. Following his engagement with the program, Abdullah joined the Filmmaking and Multimedia Learning Club, an informal community-based safe space where youth interested in developing their visual... Read more
Feb 09, 2021
Three female youth engage with local and regional entrepreneurship scene USAID YouthPower, which aims to advance youth engagement with relevant stakeholders for linkages and sustainability purposes, empowered three female youth awardees with in-kind small grants to participate at the virtual International Entrepreneurship Symposium 2020 in November. The grants enabled them to venture further into the entrepreneurial scene. Moreover the youth participation exposed them to further important chances to blend within the job market, and enable them network in a segment that focuses on the digital entrepreneurship. The three female champions hold a common dream, which is to support and grow alongside their peers, so together they embarked on a journey to rise within their communities. Our first... Read more
Feb 09, 2021
Originally published by USAID Meriton Binakaj is currently enrolled in online courses to finish high school.  “I couldn’t have done it before since I had a long recovery period from my accident,” he says.  Besides his high school classes, Meriton spends his time virtually participating in USAID’s Up to Youth activities.  Since joining the older cohort of youth in Gjakovë/Đakovica municipality, he has participated in various Up to Youth life-skills training courses, learning about critical thinking, effective communication, community asset mapping, entrepreneurship, and rapid market assessment. “The most exciting part is being engaged in the practical part, when I actually... Read more
Jan 13, 2021
Originally published by USAID Less than two years ago, Fatbardha Muharremi and Herolinda Rexhepi were jobless. Fatbardha had recently graduated from college with a degree in banking and finance. Herolinda, with a passion for clothing, had finished tailoring courses outside of the country. Shortly after Herolinda returned to Kosovo, she reconnected with Fatbardha. The two young women teamed up to open a small tailoring business in their town, Viti/Vitina.  However, they lacked the experience and knowledge of opening and running a small business. Last year, Fatbardha and Herolinda joined USAID’s Up to Youth’s cohort in Viti/Vitina and recently joined the... Read more
May 11, 2020
Earlier this year, youth from the South, North and Center of Jordan gathered in USAID YouthPower office in Amman to prepare for the Environment and Green Solutions Learning Club launch. These young women and men represented youth from across Jordan ready to put their efforts into environment related issues. Our friend, Nancy Syouri, is a 24 years old young woman from Aqaba, Nancy was one of these youth brimming with energy. YouthPower’s Learning Clubs are informal community-based safe together, and expand their learning and practice related to that shared topic of interest. The Environment and Green Solutions one of the nine thematic areas for the Learning Clubs. This wasn’t Nancy’s first encounter with USAID YouthPower, as it was back in November, when the Activity entered Aqaba and... Read more
May 06, 2020
Recycling clothes to alleviate poverty and unemployment Unlike the West side of Amman the Capital, East Amman is characterized by compact buildings, narrow alleys, and humble neighborhoods in which children roam and play. This part of Amman is also known for its high levels of poverty and unemployment, which reached the rate of 24%, the with majority of which being women. Ruba Haddad is a 29-year-old young woman who lives in Bader, located in eastern Amman. Ruba created many friendships across Jordan, especially in western Amman, where poverty is not as prevalent. Many of her friends informed her that like many other families in western Amman, they have extra clothing, which they often throw away. “When I learned of this, I began to think of ways to use the unwanted... Read more
Nov 12, 2019
According to the World Bank, Ghana’s youth population increased from 1.1 million in 1960 to 4.6 million in 2010. A major concern of successive governments in recent years has been to create adequate, decent and sustainable jobs for the growing youth population. Relative improvements in the country’s GDP, which has averaged six percent growth within the last decade, have not translated into opportunities for the growing youth population. This has created a yawning gap in unemployment, though estimates of the numbers vary. The World Bank for instance estimates that of those unemployed, 65% are between 15 and 24 years while the most recent Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 6... Read more
Oct 02, 2019
In 2015, Global Communities' launched the One Good Idea Award as an opportunity to create, innovate and promote learning from within and capture the innovation and learning that occurs at both the headquarters and field level. The Award, which is supported by the Sanders Family Foundation, allows us to reflect on how we can strengthen our interventions, methodologies, and programming more broadly and use what we capture to position Global Communities as thought leaders in the industry. This year’s winner, announced on October 1, 2019, is the Entrepreneurship Development activity in Sri Lanka. Proposed by Global Communties' subsidiary in Jordan, Partners for Good, the Entrepreneurship Development in Sri Lanka... Read more
Aug 20, 2019
Watching their neighbors setting up small businesses as an outcome of Village Savings and Loans Associations, these women decided they, too, would like to use this tool to overcome poverty and diversify incomes. This is the last part of the four-part series. You can read the beginning here, the second part here and the third part here. Pathways to improved livelihoods are limited in most rural communities in Ghana’s Northern Region. Poor road networks, periodically flooded waterways, and limited transportation options leave many communities without access to critical infrastructure and services, such as markets, healthcare, and banking services. This, coupled with a single rainy season... Read more
Aug 02, 2019
This is the second part of the four-parts series. Read the beginning here: https://is.gd/AORh4l  In many rural communities of Northern Ghana, farmers depend on a single rainy season for the family’s annual food and income. As an added security measure, men often rear small ruminants or poultry, to supplement their farming revenue. Strong management of small ruminants – sheep, in particular – requires several key items: shelter, timely medical care & vaccinations, and general knowledge of supplementary feeding needs. Availability of community-level support mechanisms, such as basic veterinary services, plays a pivotal role in the successful breeding of the animals. Because of the costs associated with purchasing the starter flock and supplying the... Read more
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