Girls’ Apprentice Program

A nine-month pilot project funded by the Forward Foundation aims to provide 30 vulnerable young women ages 18 to 24 with the necessary skills and resources to start their own businesses or obtain paid employment. The project will link these young women to successful businesswomen identified from the Women Mean Business program. Each businesswoman will mentor two younger girls and train them in practical vocational skills, such as tailoring, hair-dressing and agriculture, for 3 to 5 months. The program aims to build the skills, confidence and social networks of vulnerable young women, while enabling them to become economically productive.