New Beginning

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New Beginning

Roseau, Dominica
Organization type: 
for profit
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.

The Government and other stake holders, such as DEXIA (Dominica export import agency), Discover Dominica, OECS office, Ministry of Trade and the cultural division are all looking at ways to develop employment on the island, including the existing craft production on island. New Beginnig Craft Workshop aim to train 36 people in pottery, traditional straw craft, recycled craft materials by employing the knowledge of the older generation in teaching unemployed youth about traditional local craft techniques. The project provides venue, equipment and support to create craft products also guidance to form a co-operative of craft-makers.The service is to offer free training to unemployed youth to equip them with skills to produce sellable crafts and the product is the craft items, which will be sold by the co-operative group of participants. The need for this kind of initiative is two-fold; young people need training and employment and there is a gap in the market for selling craft products to tourists, hotels, shops and locals, which can be filled by locally-made produce.
Youth unemployment (between the ages of 15-24) in Dominica is currently 26% (Index Mundi, 2011) and so the workshop will focus on providing this dis-advantaged age group with craft skills and the opportunity to join a sustainable and fair co-operative team.
To help young people, especially women, transition from dependency to self-sufficiency through skills training and small business mentoring.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Until recently Dominican young people did not enjoy universal access to secondary education. Therefore a high proportion of the generation aged 20 -30 did not get beyond a second form level. Many dropped out of school as a result of pregnancy, drugs or lack of family support. The need for this kind of initiative is two-fold; young people need training and employment and there is a gap in the market for selling craft products to tourists, hotels, shops and locals, which can be filled by locally-made produce. Youth unemployment (between the ages of 15-24) in Dominica is currently 26% (Index Mundi, 2011) and so the workshop will focus on providing this dis-advantaged age group with craft skills and the opportunity to join a sustainable and fair co-operative team.

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

The project aims to train 36 people in pottery, traditional straw craft and craft using recycled materials by employing the knowledge of the older generation in teaching unemployed youth about traditional local craft techniques. The project will provide a venue, equipment and support to create craft products as well as guidance to form a co-operative of craft-makers. This program gives vendors and craftspeople an opportunity to collaborate and increase revenue by increased capacity.
Impact: How does it Work

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

The need for a social intervention in Dominica, such as this, is great and the potential outputs justify the small financial input required.This project is unique because it offers products as well as a public service. The service is to offer free training to unemployed youth to equip them with skills to produce sellable crafts and the product is the craft items, which will be sold by the co-operative group of participants. This benefits local communities and economies as there is a need for young people to be trained in skills that can help them acquire an income because youth unemployment is high. There is also an opportunity to fill a gap in the local market for selling craft products to tourists, hotels, shops and locals, and this need that can be met by locally-made produce. Currently, many of these establishments are sourcing products from other islands or from the United States because there is not enough supply in Dominica, even though the materials, labour and capability all exist here. It is very unique for an organization to provide training to unemployed people with low earning potentials and thereafter continue to provide support and use of equipment for their craft making.
Sustainability

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

No other organization is under-taking this sort of program of training young people in traditional Dominican craft. Individual vendors cannot meet the current demand, as it takes time to produce craft by hand.The only competitors in Dominica are the existing craft producers who are mainly older women who sell their craft to tourists on the Bayfront on cruise ship days. The areas that require much focus is the ability to meet the demands and the capacity required for export, as well as the consistency of the amounts and the quality of the produce. My peers would have more experience which we intend to use, however if they refuse to train this would be a set back but they still wont beable to meet the demands of the market.

Comments

Presenting compelling evidence drawn from recent studies, such as the 2010 Report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development, Ms Myma Bernard (Head of the Human and Social Directorate of the CARICOM Secretariat) introduced the following ‘five pillars’, which are inextricably linked with the regional development agenda; to reduce violence, foster social inclusion, promote integration, empower victims, and protect the environment and economic resources. New Beginnings Craft Workshop also addresses these pillars by giving young people a place to go and learn new skills utilising local materials, mix with other young people and feel empowered by their new skills and independent earning potential, leading to protection of environmental and economic resources. Young people comprise 60% of the Region’s population and therefore are best positioned to play a meaningful role in the development of the Region, and in strengthening the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).