Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Project (YEEP)
Liberian enterprises, mostly small and micro, provide livelihood for the majority of working poor, but lack access to finance due to weak capacity to prepare bankable project proposals, lack of collateral, in part due to inadequate land tenure and the high cost of borrowing.
YEEP contributes to youth employment in Liberia following years of conflict and the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The programme stimulates the entrepreneurial ecosystem among potential entrepreneurs and students through skills training, business knowledge sharing, linkages and other support services.
In collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Youth and Sports, YEEP has established an Entrepreneurship Centre (EC). Over three years, SPARK is supporting the development of the entrepreneurship centre and entrepreneurship course, as well as a Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme. Business plan competitions have so far targeted 75 entrepreneurs, and skills courses enable students and small business-owners to start, develop and grow their businesses.