Youth Business Guidance Center is a training and accompaniment program dedicated to deal with the rehabilitation of 1600 vulnerable young women and men aged 15 - 35 from low – income, poorest and homeless families (both rural and urban) from the Eastern province of South – Kivu (DR Congo) into productive life by the end of the year 2018.
Our program clusters under three main components – Training, Incubation and Network. These efforts include the provision of training skills to business development (i.e. we offer a ten month comprehensive Business Development Services Track which focuses on developing market systems and facilitating commercially viable business services that assist the marginalized Micro and Small Enterprises) and the covering of the young entrepreneurs' roughly $ 300 - $ 3000 start up capital, under the form of micro loans, in order to help them obtain necessary inputs to create decent and productive self – employment in three (of the Five) Emerging Employment Sectors for Youth: (1) On-Farm and Off-Farm Enterprises, (2) Information and Communication Technologies, and (3) HIV/AIDS. In addition, we give participants counseling and accompaniment services in a variety of management, financial, commercial, marketing and administrative areas. And thus, we create a conducive environment and provide a forum through which young practitioners in the Micro and Small Enterprise sector develop strategic networks, share ideas, experiences and best practices and strengthen communication.