NOTE: This is a guest post from Kimberley Sevcik, Information and Media Relations Manager for Camfed.
When young women in rural Africa graduate from high school, they face a future of uncertainty and scant employment prospects. Many migrate to urban areas to seek unstable and often dangerous work. Because of their limited opportunities, girls are likely to marry and fall pregnant at a young age.
This week, Camfed is in the running to win $1 million from Chase Community Giving to change that. With the award money, Camfed will roll out an innovative and proven program to train 870 young women in rural Africa, all recent high school graduates, to become successful entrepreneurs and to lead an additional 66,000 young women toward financial independence.
Camfed’s program will provide young women just leaving high school in rural Africa with a small grant and practical training in money and business management, preparing them to launch and run their own small business. Each entrepreneur will be matched with an experienced local businesswoman who will mentor them through their first year, until they are solidly on the path to financial independence.
In the spirit of growing their leadership, Camfed will then train these 870 new entrepreneurs to deliver practical, well-crafted teaching modules covering financial literacy and life skills to a total of 66,000 young women in their communities, providing them and their families – reaching an estimated 330,000 family members – with a route out of poverty and toward prosperity.
We know that this is an effective formula for creating profound, lasting change, because we see evidence of it every day in Camfed’s alumnae – educated young women who are earning their own incomes, and reinvesting in their communities by supporting children through school. To date, Camfed alumnae have sent 161,300 children to school out of their own pockets!
You can put this powerful cycle of change in motion just by voting to show your support for Camfed. And the best time to do that is now, before the contest closes! Please visit the Chase Community Giving’s Facebook page to cast your vote today, and ask your friends to do the same. Thank you so much for your support!