Youth benefit from fund
Olivier added that part of the funds had been used to establish an organization that operates as a business concern – growing and supplying crops to identified local markets.
“Secondly the funds also enabled them to create employment for twenty (20) unemployed youth,” she said.
The project is based in the Onehanga village, 30km east of Okongo, and to date has not only created 20 permanent jobs, constructed dormitories for youth working at the project but also installed an irrigation system and solar panels and commenced with the planting of its first crops.
“We are extremely happy to be of service, not only because of Première Investments and the Youth Council’s and Forum’s continued efforts to uplift the youth in the region, but also because the Forum aims to, through the successful implementation of this project, create a sustainable business that will offer permanent employment to its members as well as provide substantial community benefit. Success stories like this make it all worthwhile,” she said. She added that the youth members would become active contributors to the Social Security Commission and their contributions would in turn assist the commission to support more worthwhile community based initiatives, such as this one. The SSC-DF provides financial assistance in the form of grants, soft loans or a combination of both to deserving, innovative, community based and driven projects or schemes which have great potential to create employment for the socio-economically disadvantaged who are unemployed.