Giving young people a chance in agriculture
At just 19 years old, Upendo has launched an innovative business in Tanzania manufacturing cooking briquettes made from sugar cane instead of wood to help curb deforestation.
Ezekiel Lucas is a 21-year-old entrepreneur in the poultry industry. He’s raised the nutritional value of eggs by changing what the hens are fed. He hopes that his new hatchery business will help meet the needs of nutrition deficiencies in the Morogoro community.
Their budding success is thanks — in large part — to the opportunity you provided.
National Sugar Institute students that won start up challenge grants take small business classes and obtain coaching on launching their ideas with private sector partners and Lutheran World Relief in Morogoro, Tanzania.
Upendo presents her proposal on environment-friendly cooking briquettes.
INVEST project interns sort chicks in the Silverlands Poultry Centre hatchery, as part of their one-month paid internship.
Launched in 2017 the program has expanded exponentially and provided experience
Upendo and Ezekiel were both awarded start-up capital — in the form of challenge grants — for their promising business proposals developed as part of their vocational training program in Tanzania.
The grants are part of Lutheran World Relief’s efforts to better prepare young people for viable careers in agriculture.
The work launched in 2017 in partnership with the Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture and, since that time, we’ve developed a first-class curriculum for agricultural vocational training schools informed by findings from our comprehensive labor market study.
We’ve established a paid internship program with private agribusinesses to provide students with practical experience.
And we’ve launched the challenge grant opportunity.
All of this adds up to a more skilled and experienced young work force to support the agriculture industry — the engine that drives the economies of many developing nations, like Tanzania.
In Tanzania, as in many countries across the globe, companies don’t hire recent graduates because they lack the practical, hands-on experience needed to be successful.
New curriculum in all 36 vocational training schools
The new, improved curriculum is changing that reality. The curriculum is already in practice at two schools and will be implemented through capacity building trainings for teachers in all 36 of Tanzania’s vocational training programs by September 2019, ultimately reaching more than 25,000 students.
And we’ll continue to expand the internship program — which now stands at 25 month-long positions — to provide more opportunity for students.
For Upenda, Ezekiel and the 11 other projects
“I don’t think I ever could have [launched this business] without the money,” Upendo says. “I think my idea will develop and my future will be bright.”