As part of the Tekki-Fii Project interventions funded by the European Union, GIZ has embarked on the empowerment of young Gambian entrepreneurs through the award of in-kind grants support in many trade areas such as horticulture, poultry, garment-making, catering, animal husbandry and bakery to mention a few.
The exercise started in the Greater Banjul area in August 2020 and coverage has since moved to the Lower River Region and the Upper River Region of The Gambia.
Speaking at one of the events, Component Head for Business Development at GIZ Gambia, Mr Suwaibou Cham, reiterated that access to finance is a key factor affecting young Gambian entrepreneurs. To address this challenge, GIZ in partnership with other Tekki-Fii members ITC-YEP and IMVF provides support funding in kind to boost youth-led businesses in 3 different categories: Solar grants, Minigrants and Start-up kits.
Cumulatively, the EU-GIZ Tekki-Fii project is committed to providing in-kind grant support for 470 youths with 300 startup kits, 120 mini-grants and 50 solar grants.
The first distribution took place at the premises of National Association of Credit Union The Gambia (NACCUG) covering the areas of horticulture, poultry, catering, hairdressing, garment making and bakery. One of the beneficiaries, Yusupha Jawara from Tanji, a horticulturist, expressed sincere gratitude to the European Union and explained how the package will help in the expansion of his horticulture business and how this will be a massive time-saver for him.
The distribution was further extended to other regions, Lower River Region (LLR) and the Upper River Region (URR) of the Gambia between August and September. The stride to support and empower young Gambians is a continuous process as confirmed by the GIZ team.