The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

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.

Sustainable Livelihood and Income Generation Rice Project in Karonga, Malawi

Your title/position Project Manager
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded 2018
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Explain your project in details:

The project main objectives are;a)To empower young women economically through sustainable income generating rice business and job creationb)To support poor girls to finish their primary and secondary schoolThe project intends to achieve its objectives through the following strategies1.Capacity and institutional development through conducting two main training; Training in business management, and leadership and cooperative management 2.Support capital for purchase of machinery and expand our operations. The women purchase rice from rice farmers, process and sell it to customers.3.Support registration of the cooperative which is important to give a legal status for the cooperative4.Support initial staff salary for one year. We expected to have the cooperative to start generating enough money to pay the staff after one year.5.Establishment of girl education fund , where 10 % of the profit made is channeled to support girls education.6. Marketing and promotion. Marketing and promotion are important to increase our customer base and to make our product win national and international market. 7.Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting of progress of the project. The project team and the local committees will conduct quarterly review meetings and during these meetings, the team will converge to discuss gaps and challenges and advise on how best those gaps can be filled and challenges addressed. The innovative approaches of this project are the making of idle and disadvantaged young women to be economically productive on the same time making them seed change or giving out to other vulnerable girls in the community by supporting their education. The project will also create employment opportunity in a form of manager, book keeper, machine operators and other casual jobs for the community to benefit.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Karonga Women Rice Cooperative (KAWORIC) will significantly contribute to Sustainable Development Goals( SDGs) in the following categories;a) Economically: The business will economically empower women to have stable income for supporting their households to meet their basic needs such housing, clothing education for their children and food. The income gained from the cooperative can be used by individual to start her own business while still gaining from the dividends from the cooperativeb) Education : the cooperative will help to end illiteracy among women by supporting girls education which is critical for the development of a community or nation , as it says, educating a woman is educating a nationc) Gender Equality : Empowering women economically and educating women are vital to ensure gender equality and fight gender based violence. Economically empowered and educated women have a voice to stand up against any social norms and traditions that perpetuate injustice against women.d) Socially: The cooperative will also help to reduce crime rate in the community by offering alternative to prostitution, human trafficking and theft which are common crimes when young people have no jobs or income generating activities.Our notable achievements to date are;a) Got big plot from Karonga town council which is good for expansion of businessb) Got funding from Edinburgh Global Partnership to construct a warehouse for safe rice processing and keepingMonitoring will be done by using designed monitoring forms to evaluate the progress of the project. The information will be collected from reports, monthly production and sales registers. The programs coordinator together with other stakeholders will carry out evaluation, and the information will be collected on a monthly basis. Quarterly meetings will be organized to evaluate project progress will the local committee.

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Sustainability and future plans

Our business model is a cooperative model. A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations, through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. This cooperative will enhance local economies, building sustainable agriculture networks. It is built upon the idea that local owners, not far-away investors, control the business and gain the benefits of success. . Most rewarding of all, we are a co-owner of a dynamic and valuable business that could make a lasting difference and pass on the legacy of cooperation to a new generation. Financing sources: Our main sources of funds are members contributions in form of shares. This is important to build ownership and ensure full participation of each member. Other sources of fund are loans, grants and reinvesting some of the profit to expansion and sustainability of the enterprise. Our future plans are;i.To increase the purchase of rice by 100% by end of 2019ii.To build entrepreneurial skills in leading team and cooperative members by end of October 2019 iii.To legally register the cooperative by November 2019 iv.To open up to more than 3 new selling points by December 2020v.To make Karonga Women rice Cooperative one of the biggest rice supplier in Malawi in the next 10 yearsvi.To make Karonga Women Rice Cooperative an exporter of rice to other countries in the region in 5+ years vii.To make Karonga Women Rice Group one of big employers in Karonga

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

My name is Grace Mwambila born in Karonga, Malawi I am now 20 years of age. I am undergraduate student at Malawi University of Science and Technology doing Bachelor Degree in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing . I am very passionate to promote women welfare who are mostly victimized in a socially biased community norms and tradition in Karonga. I have been motivated to be involved in promoting women cause by the fact that when women themselves take the leading role in challenging and overcoming factors that perpetuate gender inequality has much lasting impact and changes than sitting back to wait for men's mercy. Another motivating factor is that they are other like minded people who are ready to support our aspiration to achieve together the SDGs. My strong quality is my ability to objectively stand up and defy the status quo that encourage inequality and my compassion to assist with my time, skills and knowledge those who need help most in my community. With other people we were able to form Karonga Women Rice Cooperation and obtain big land in Karong Town for building our enterprise and secure funding from Edinburgh Global Partnership for building a big Warehouse for our operations.

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Fransisco Mwambila

May 16, 2019 14:19

This is wonderful work from a young women who is passionate to champion women agenda in the area where traditional norms hinder women to be economically empowered and education of the girls is slow due to culture and poverty

May 16, 2019 13:58

This is one the great project with focus on uplifting the welfare of women and girls that have been socially undermined for long time . Most developing countries like Malawi women are not given equal chance to fulfill their potential in terms of education, economically and politically.