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.