Number of Youth that participated
Number of Projects
Number of Projects
Number of People
Funds invested in total
as trust based investment
Trust based investment
returned by Youth
Profit generated in
The changemaking activity at Chigumba Society ran for 4 weeks. Starting on the 27/09/22 and ending on the 27/10/22. A total of 5 youth groups participated. The age of the youth was between 18 and 40. The total number of youths that participated was 15.
5 teams received a total of $100.00 each as trust-based investment. The rules of the changemaking activity were explained to each team and each member and they also signed their registration on printed sign up forms which outlined the rules and expectations of the program.
As per the rule, each group had to return the received funds if they managed to make a profit. The groups were also expected to contribute a total of 25% of their weekly profit as a donation to the changemaking challenge for other young people.
Four teams managed to return their trust-based investments amounting to $100.00. The total amount of trust-based investment returned was $450.00 with stock on hand of $50 for the remaining group.
The biggest achievement of the youth in the eyes of the facilitator is that…
This challenge enhanced the creativity and resourcefulness of the young people. Due to the drying-up of the nearby wells, the two groups which needed water experienced a shortage. However, they were able to think outside the box; they hired local young people to help them carry water and further enabled them to generate income for themselves. It was amazing to see them find a solution for this problem on their own and move forward with their project.
What was the feedback of the youth regarding their experience in the youth-led changemaking activity?
The youth are so grateful for this challenge. From the profit that they have made running their businesses, they are able to support their families and pay school fees.
Any stories or feedback from the changemaking activity that inspired you?
This challenge made me realize that most of the young people can be entrusted with funds. All we need is to guide them and create an environment that they can freely express themselves. .
Below is a simple table showing the results from the groups against the funds received. The table also indicates the number of people served and the activities which were done by the groups.
|Number of Team Members
|No. of People Served
|Selling Food Items
|Selling Food Items
Besides income generation, the change-making challenge is creating a business minded generation with adaptation skills in difficult business environments. This group has been proactive because there was more support on mental health issues and the facilitator also made use of a group leader and supported her with other resources, while giving her duties to do printing and supporting other group leaders with writing of reports.
The recommendation of the facilitator would be to allow for a more speedy sign up process to launch the YES Challenges so that the motivated youth don’t miss out on business between the change-making levels.
The only challenges that the young people faced were water shortages and a slight inflation in the country.
This YES Challenge was conducted by Moud Chinembiri.
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