Mercy received an initial start-up loan from Building Young Futures and was recently one of the first to secure a subsequent Youth Empowerment Fund loan from the government. Thanks to this foundation, Mercy told me her ‘business is booming’ ensuring she is more than able to fulfil her loan obligations and still have money to spare.
When I asked Kenneth his goals, he articulated beautifully his desire to provide for his family, be in a position to offer employment to others and educate his two year old son in a way that will provide him with choices. This response – like so many - was a very pure form of entrepreneurship. Building a business to fill a need: to feed his family, create employment and allow him to educate his child. This is what my parents did for me and what their parents tried to do for them.
People like Mercy and Kenneth can and will change a country.
Programmes like Building Young Futures don’t just teach skills: they offer people confidence, experience, a place to ask questions and a place to dream. Workshops provide a hub for local communities and a place for people to network. The programme is connecting people in a supercharged way with the support of an international bank, a major INGO, local partners, the Zambian Government and, in some small way, me. That’s incredible.