DAFIM is a multi-stakeholder initiative that leverages the International Labour Organisation’s Start and Improve Your Business curriculum and Innovation Support Network’s pool of trainers and Innovation Hubs to support the training of 60,000 participants in Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Kogi and Ogun states over a period of two years with a target audience of 60% women, 30% at-risk youth and 10% people with disabilities.
To achieve this, the target groups will be provided with awareness and socialization around NYIF, offline alternatives to the online NYIF process, criteria fulfillment support, business training in local languages, and additional subsequent guidance along the NYIF application process.
The DAFIM Outreach in Kaduna has come to an end, reaching a total of 3753 women, at-risk youth and people living with disabilities. Participants were pleased to be beneficiaries of the initiative which provided them with knowledge and skills for their business growth and access to credit.
Over 500 individuals were also registered with the National Identity Number (NIN) and opened bank accounts with the assistance of representatives from NIMC and Zenith Bank, which are criteria for accessing the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund.
In Kogi State, we took the approach of community by community engagement to reach potential beneficiaries which proved to be successful as we not only exceeded our target by 182 trainees but trained in 7 local government areas in kogi state (Adavi, Ajaokuta, Lokoja, Koton-Karfe, Okehi and Okene) against the initial target of three local government areas.
The total number of 2,682 persons were trained out of which 1408 (52.5%) were women, 1042 (38.9%) were at risk youths and 232 (8.6%) were Persons with Disabilities. Pen and Paper support and guidance for applying for the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund was provided to 600 women, 225 at risk youths and 75 PWDs.
2500 Micro-Entrepreneurs were trained three(3) senetorial districts of Ogun State, Nigeria: Ogun Central – Abeokuta, Ogun West – Ado-odo/Ota and Ogun East – Ijebu-Ode
60% of the participants were women, 30% were youths and 10% were people living with disabilities (PWD). Each senetorial district were assigned an average of 6 trainers and a target of 835 beneficiaries.
The DAFIM Outreach in Ogun State was designed to help microentrepreneurs start new businesses or expand existing ones in the state.
Over the course of the training activities, the women youths and people living with disabilities who participated in the training were taking through sessions and resources on how to generate a business, how to identify laging market, promotion, pricing, access to finance and capital generation, scaling the business, sustainability and business record keeping; among other key areas