GIVE AT RISK YOUTH A START IN LIFE WITH A MICRO-LOAN OF $200
Niger, the poorest countryin the world has suffered from political instability since 2007. The least served youth in the country are the nomads. They have no education or services provided by the national government. NGO’s working with them have left the country due to insecurity. USAID is interested in providing the means for youth in this area to find commercially viable opportunities and have committed to match every dollar we raise.
Of great national and international concern are the youth who are coming of age and into the period of their lives when they must make the choices which will be their life’s path. If they have no opportunity to continue the traditional activities which have sustained their families for centuries and are not presented with new ones they are at risk for choosing the criminal activities that are carried on in their terrain: drug trafficking, terrorism, hostage taking. Beyond their traditional livelihood of herding, which is a viable economic venture in the area, their knowledge of the land is the only skill they possess. They live in an area that borders on highly unstable countries of Libya, Mali, and Algeria, with porous borders. Their knowledge of this area is valuable to drug traffickers wanting to traverse it or fundamentalist seeking local support for their terrorist agenda. This project proposes to target youth both male and female between the ages of 16 and 25 and provide a loan of $200. This loan could be used for whatever activity they choose that is approved by their community, the most likely being the purchase of a small herd, or creating a small commercial venture for the sales of goods to their community. Repayment of the loan would be required after a period of four months and given to another, thus providing local impetus for the repayment and expanding the number of beneficiaries and thus the impact each quarter. Some example activities are: fattening of a herd for resale, purchase of goats and selling the surplus after four months, a commercial venture of buying goods and selling them to their community at a profit.
Each loan is $200