EMERGENCE : Support to very small businesses in Burkina-Faso
57%of young people
In the neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, living conditions are very tough. The population is very dense and poorer than average. Many inhabitants are young (15-35 years) and moved here as part of the rural exodus, and all find it hard to get work. But if they are helped to start their own businesses or find steady paid work, they can become independent and contribute to Burkina Faso’s economic development.
The EMERGENCE programme, which was set up in December 2017 by Entrepreneurs du Monde, responds to the support needs of these communities in neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the capital by offering group training and personalised support, with priority given to young people and women.
Methodology of EMERGENCE
The team offers a reception, listening and referral service for jobseekers and business plan holders, 76% of whom have never previously attended employability or entrepreneurship training. After this first stage, the team directs service users towards one of two streams: ‘Employability’ or ‘Entrepreneurship’. They also receive support from their employability or entrepreneurship key worker until they find steady employment or start their own business.
Incubation by Entrepreneurs du Monde
Like all of the programmes Entrepreneurs du Monde sets up and incubates, EMERGENCE is structured and supported with a view to achieving autonomy in all areas: legal, financial, methodological, human and financial resources, management, reporting etc.
To achieve financial viability and assure its sustainability, the team has set up an enterprise academy with a focus on human services. In 2021, EMERGENCE is aiming to register as an association under Burkina Faso law.
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