Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Young Women Small Business Cluster Incubator Program
Explain your project in details:
South Eastern Nigeria has very high level of youth unemployment. The 5 states that make-up the region have numerous private and public vocational schools, colleges of educations, polytechnics, universities and other informal training institutions. These institutions churn-out unemployable graduates every year who are not well trained and empowered to be self employed and independent. This lead to 75% graduate and youth unemployment. This resulted in high level youth vices and restiveness including: prostitution, kidnapping, violent crimes and armed robbery, internet and cyber-crimes, fraud and obtaining by trick crimes, baby factory etc. Majority of earlier interventions to curb these vices were targeted at adult females or young boys leaving out young women. The objective of the proposed project is to create clusters for young women between the ages of 15 - 25 who are either school leavers or drop-outs but who possess some elements of trainable crafts and talents that can be guided to grow and start-up independent and sustainable business ventures business. There are young women who already possess skills in local crafts: hair dressing, clothe designs, basket and craft makings, confectionery and bakery, consumable retail outlets managements, catering services, local transportation alternatives, computer software application designs and development, agriculture, aquaculture and artisan skills. These class of citizens are the bedrock of the sustainable economic lives of most communities in Africa but little attention is given to enhance their capacity. This project intends to identify young women with these budding skills and talents, build delineate them into clusters, train them and seek for ways to empower them to start-up sustainable business ventures. Successful individuals will be encouraged to step-down the knowledge and make the initiative a sustainable one. The approach will be identification of talents or prospective beneficiaries, creation of comparative clusters, training of participants and subsequent empowerment.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The impact of this initiative is drastic reduction of dependable young women on their parents or men for survival reading to reduction in poverty and pushing the envelope of gender equality and empowerment further. It will also bring about change in existing status of belief and behavior that women must depend on men for their welfare and survival. It will shift the discourse towards young women inclusion in leadership and change their status from being permanent employees and social dependents to prospective employers of labor. This project will be evaluated by putting in place a feedback mechanism that monitors the acceptability of the projects, number of young women small business clusters created, how many young women were trained and empowered, how many young women who successfully start-up small businesses and subsequently employed other young women. A community will be chosen for the project and a baseline of unemployed but talented young women established. At the end of the project, the end line position will be established to measure the success. This can be measured by established clusters or beneficiary groups who can be used to model the initiative or any other method deemed fit by Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Project guidelines.
Sustainability and future plans
The Project is conceived as self sustainable initiative. The young women small business clusters which this project proposes to incubate is designed in such a way that the successful clusters will continuously step down knowledge on other young women and employ new and upcoming ones. The young women will be made to see it as their own way of creating impact in the society. Employment and training though traditional apprenticeship technique for interested prospective young women by the successful clusters or individual must give priority to young women in their absorption of new intakes subsequently. The initial fund accessed to design this project will be used to set-up a model cluster which will be used as pilot project. The result will be used to approach international NGOs, MDGS e.g Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Banks and other funding bodies for financing. The Project when it takes off is self financing. The funds used to set-up successful cluster will be required to be refunded in a very soft pace and such funds will be used to start-up new clusters. The pilot cluster or clusters will be designed and set-up in one state or city and will be taken to other states in the targeted region- South East Nigeria.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Christian Chibuzo Maduka owns and operates Krismak Koncept Media Company a provider of solutions within the broadcast and allied industry. He collaborates and works regularly with many renowned broadcast content producers and regulators. In addition his Company, Krismak Koncept Media provides multifaceted multi-media productions, consultancy and training in the fast pace and ever changing world of digital broadcast industry. Our training arm offers training courses and modules in wide aspects of broadcast media Radio, Television, Engineering, Marketing, etc. It aims to work in collaboration with international and local partners, trainees and or training institutions to be the leading provider of high quality, cost effective short courses for the broadcast industry in Nigeria and co-production of radio and television contents that will drive development in Nigeria. Christian Chibuzo Maduka founded Krismak Koncept Media Company in 1999 and registered on Friday, July 10 2009 with corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Republic of Nigeria with Registration Number KG45, Krismak Koncept Media Company also undertakes multi-media [Radio, Television, Film, New Media] Contents Designs, Production, Directing, Scripting and Presentation, Advertising, Public Relations, Printing, Publishing, Consultancy and General Contracts. Maduka Christian Chibuzo the CEO and Principal Trainer/Producer of Krismak Koncept Media Company is an award winning Broadcast Journalist with nearly thirty years of practice as Communications, Social Marketing and Outreach Specialist, Audiovisual Specialist, Presenter, Director, Writer, Researcher, Producer, Development Communication Officer, Programme Manager, Broadcast Station Head, Media Consultant, Media Content Designer, BBC Trainer and Producer with broad experience and proven track records of accomplishments. He holds Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and Master Degree in Media Arts from University of Benin, Benin City and University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has attended several national and international training workshops and is very conversant with the media environment of Nigeria.