Project #291 | Maarifa Learning Academy and English Language Pogram
Our Partnership with Mavuno
While the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boasts a wealth of natural resources, 62% of Congolese live below the international poverty line and the country has suffered decades of political instability and armed conflicts. High unemployment rates among youth fuel conflict and contribute to regional insecurities, with young people frequently targeted by militia group recruiters. In April 2022, the DRC formally joined the East African Community (EAC), providing new economic incentives and unrestricted trade across borders. This is encouraging news for DRC’s many young entrepreneurs who operate small informal businesses. However, a majority of entrepreneurs have no access to formal credit, business and financial literacy training opportunities, and the English and computer skills that are needed to build a robust local economy.
We’re partnering with Mavuno to expand and deepen the impact of the Maarifa Learning Academy: an intensive training program in the DRC’s North Kivu province for small business owners with a focus on agripreneurship. Through our partnership, entrepreneurs are gaining increased knowledge and skills in business planning, financial literacy, computers, and English. In addition, Mavuno will host a 2-day business expo for entrepreneurs to promote their products, and networking events for the broader community. In total, 200 entrepreneurs will expand their businesses, an additional 150 entrepreneurs will participate in networking events, and an estimated 400 youth will be employed by entrepreneurs’ small businesses!
ENTREPRENEURS WILL HAVE INCREASED CAPACITY TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES
YOUTH WILL BE EMPLOYED IN THE TRAINED ENTREPRENEURS' SMALL BUSINESSES
FAMILY MEMBERS WILL BENEFIT FROM INCREASED HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to the fund below.