Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
In Congo, young people aged between 20 and 35 years old represent 71% of the population. However, 60% of them who are former and recent graduates are also unemployed because each year there are nearly 15,000 young people who graduate from institutions of higher education without any entrepreneurial mindset. Those young graduates do not have the skillsets, toolsets and mindset start and run their own businesses because our educational system that trains people to seek for jobs instead of creating their own jobs. Unfortunately, most of the companies no longet recruit recent graduates because of a financial crisis that the country has been facing since 2016. As a result, the rate of youth unemployment raised and that led to juvenile delinquency and many young people migrated towards developed countries to seek for jobs. So, we implemented a local NGO which aims at reducing the gap of youth unemployment by training and equipping young people with the practical skills and tools they need in leadership, business and entrepreneurship.Our initiative brings 3 solutions which contribute to the uniqueness in comnating youth unemployment through the following areas and activities:- Capacity building: we empower young people with information and skills (leadership, business and entrepreneurial skills) in turning their ideas into businesses through funding promising business ideas;- Networking and collaboration: we strengthen learning and collaboration amongst young people attending our training programs by buidling new connections between participants;- Partnership: we link our alumni to local partner organizations in order to practice what has been taught during the training programs.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Youth unemployment is a serious societal issue in my country, so through our initiative we have empowered more than 1,000 young people with skills to create their own small businesses and become financially independent (60% of them run their own businesses and are financially independent) since 2017. Thereafter, they offered jobs to other young people and involved in boosting and diversifying the economy of Congo which is mainly based on the oil industry. Through this initiative, we are helping the country to prevent juvenile delinquency and reduce the number of young people migrating towards developed countries to seek for jobs, hence addressing Sustainable Development Goal number 8 (Decent work and economic growth).
Sustainability and future plans
Our business model is very simple : we deliver high quality professional training sessions from the FranklinCovey organization to local enterprises and corporates, and the money generated by those training sessions enables us to finance the different activities of our non governmental organization. We would like to implement an incubation center for young entrepreneurs residing in Congo, and empower ten thousand young people.Our organization would like also to expand its activities in other geographical areas (DRC and Gabon) outside Congo.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Gimnez is a result-oriented and visionary entrepreneur who has over 4 years of experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from the Marien Ngouabi University in Congo. Gimnez studied leadership, business and entrepreneurship at the YALI Regional Leadership Center in Nairobi. He also studied Social Entrepreneurship at African Changemakers Fellowship. His vision for Congo and Africa, determination and expertise helped him to contribute in his success. He volunteers as Executive Secretary and IT Manager for LEB Congo, a local NGO which aims at reducing the gap of youth unemployment. Gimnez won the 2017 Opportunity Desk Impact Challenge, a global competition which rewards the best social entrepreneurs for the impactful work they do in their communities throughout the world. He also contributed a lot for his organization to be recognized among the top 50 of organizations which promote entrepreneurship in Education by the "Teach a Man to Fish" Foundation.