Entrepreneurship and Leadership center in Benin

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Entrepreneurship and Leadership center in Benin: Entrepreneurship and Leadership center creation in rural Benin

Bohicon, BeninBohicon, Benin
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

One of the biggest challenges in Benin is youth unemployment which is more crucial in rural areas where 70 % of youngsters live. To solve this problem, we envision to create a center to teach rural youngsters entrepreneurship and leadership principles.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if each african youngster can get his hands on his future?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

One of the biggest challenges in Benin is youth unemployment which is more crucial in rural areas where 70 % of youngsters live. These young people are the spearhead of the development and vector of change. As a result, they migrate to urban centers increasing poverty in rural areas and delinquency in urban cities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

As solution, a center will be created, where the principles of Leadership and Entrepreneurship will be taught to youngsters in rural areas of Benin. First, youngsters will be selected based on well-defined criteria. They will then receive every weekend courses on the principles of Leadership and Entrepreneurship during 12 months including 3 months of internship during which they will be coached. In this process, each young will be put in contact with a personal mentor. In addition, public seminars and workshops will be organized towards young people in rural areas. Finally, an online portal will be created to allow these youngsters to access useful information to create their ventures and share experiences and encountered challenges.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

First, youngsters will be selected based on well-defined criteria. They will then receive every weekend courses on the principles of Leadership and Entrepreneurship during 12 months including 3 months of internship during which they will be coached. In this process, each young will be put in contact with a personal mentor. If implemented, this project will help to decrease the number of low quality gas-sellers, taxi bikers and aimless youngsters in urban african cities, root cause of pollution, delinquency in african states.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

100 youngsters (aged between 10 and 30 years old) living in rural areas in Benin (municipality of Bohicon) will benefit each year from the project. At the end of this program, we expect that at least 10 young people will implement their own business for the development of their region. Thus, at least 10 ventures will be created. Moreover, every beneficiary will come out of the program with at least 5 relevant business ideas per year. As it is widely known in Benin that the education programs in Leadership and Entrepreneurship are inexistent in curriculums, through this project, we expect that the principles of Leadership and Entrepreneurship will start to be taught in our schools and colleges at any educational level.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Apart from the above mentioned activities, at the end of the project, youngsters will be empowered and equipped with fund seeking skills, they will also be able to elaborate a business plan and get fund as well as using Web 2 tools in their ventures. They will be put in contact with personal mentors to guide theirs first steps in their ventures.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

A minimum participation fee will be defined for potential participants. Several learning materials ( CD, handbooks, etc) will also be designed from the teaching sessions and sold to non selected youngsters for their personal guide. The project will also be introduced to public institutions for supporting once it starts yielding its first results. Successful entrepreneurs deriving from the center will also led to give their hand.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The Benin National Agency for Youth employment and other NGO. But the difference here with this center is that it includes primary school students who are going to be prepared for the future, the possibility of putting participants in contact with a personal mentor and the exchange online portal facilitating networks creation among the youth.
Team

Founding Story

The idea of creating an Entrepreneurship and Leadership skills building center began in 2009 as a result of one of the most important activities of the Agronomist Students Association of the University of Abomey-Calavi I headed. As part of the association’s missions, some members were mandated to interest and train youngsters in engaging in rural entrepreneurship. Part of the association annual budget (about 4000 $) was dedicated to this activity. Roughly 300 youngsters were trained and monitored in their entrepreneurship ventures. We now desire to continue with this training activity by adding teaching leadership skills and ensure the sustainability of our intervention by creating the center.

Team

The current management team is composed of 1- Marius Nicaise Nontonhou DEGUENONVO, Coordinator; 2- Junie Rustique Gnondewe AKODOGBO, Project Assistant, 3- Percide Kpedetin ADOUNSIBA,Executive Secretary 4- Mathieu Anatole Télé AYENAN, Coach; 5- Juliano HOUNDONOUGBO; Coach; 6- Marc FIOGBE, Coach.