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The YLF “Second Chance Initiative” work with girls and women to develop and enhance their entrepreneurial skills. The initiative will also aim to provide the needed basic education to enable each have the needed skills of starting a business or to strengthen their already established businesses.This would serve as a means of empowerment and promotion of social, economic and political inclusion. Over years, many women and girls in the North Eastern Region of Nigeria have missed out or have had to put their dreams on hold due to poverty, early marriages, raising children, not getting good formal education, or vocational training. Our entrepreneurial project has set sight at giving these group of women and young girls the second chance to get back on their feet to acquire the needed skills, knowledge and contribute to the development of their families as well as the local economy.
Through our partnership with other organisations, our desire is to have women acquire the needed skills and knowledge to enable them to access the needed capital to start a business of their choice while we continue to partner with each to ensure we provide individuals or groups with financial advice and guidance.
Our approach to working with women and young girls is that of partnership, where everyone is viewed as stakeholder whose opinion and observation is taken on board. This approach has allowed YLF to continue to redevelop its interventions strategy aimed at addressing gender inequality through acquisition of skills and education.
As each woman and girl faces unique obstacles within the community, our vision is to collectively work with them to see positive changes.
The Second Chance Initiative in its entirety will help the target group get out of poverty through their businesses and skills gained, which will in turn have a ripple effect on the entire community. These businesses will lead to the creation of jobs, products and services which will better the lives of all members of the community.
We are excited about this initiative and are looking forward to working on more that will change lives for the better.
Vocational Training at YLF
As part of our commitment at Yarang Llamisi Foundation (YLF) to empower the girls and women through skills required to become self-reliant.
We aim to offer free vocational and entrepreneurial training along with free secondary education. At YLF, we believe developing the right skills will put these females on the right pathway to success which will enable them to contribute adequately to their communities and the nation at large.
Previous research has shown that vocational training has a positive impact on a person’s employment opportunities. Learning a highly sought-after skill through our free vocational training will enable many girls and women to acquire life skills and knowledge which will help them set up their businesses, create better employment opportunities and income-generating ventures.
The vocational training will also increase the number of empowered females in the community and help break the cycle of generational poverty which is one of our commitments to the communities within the North Eastern Region of Nigeria.
The free vocational training offered at YLF will focus on providing technical knowledge to the young girls and women from the communities with hand-on instructions to prepare them to work efficiently in specific fields. Girls and women will be able to receive training in cake making, photography, soap making, food seasoning making, sewing, knitting, jewelry making, computer skills, and more.
The training will help increase their self-confidence, self-motivation, and self-esteem levels which will help them to communicate effectively and become more assertive.
The benefits of having the vocational training cannot be overemphasized as it is believed that an empowered woman carries not just her family but the whole community along with her. Therefore, YLF is passionate about offering the training to girls and women to brighten theirs and their communities.