The $10.5mn YEEP II project will provide young Yemenis with employment in public works programmes, leading from there to job and skills training, career guidance, entrepreneurship assistance and job placement.
Silatech Director of Microenterprise Justin Sykes, said:"The YEEP II programme represents one of the most holistic and comprehensive youth economic empowerment strategies we have come across in the Mena region, and we are delighted to be working to deliver this initiative".
The YEEP's 3x6 approach has introduced painting as a way for the young women and men who participate to generate an income, which they are encouraged to save as start-up capital for their own small businesses--so that they can generate a sustainable income.
The main goal of the program is youth job creation, however YEEP projects exceed this goal by building in other positive effects on the communities it touches, such as infrastructure repair, financial management skills, improved hygiene, and greater opportunities for women to enter the workforce, just to name a few.
Basmah Al-Eryani, business advisor at YEEP
, said that the first phase of their project, which lasted two and a half months, included technical training on how to fix broken water pumps, repair piping systems, rehabilitate cisterns, and re-dig destroyed wells.
At a ceremony in the Salem Al-Sabah Secondary School in Sana'a, Kawkab al-Thaibani, a YEEP
communications officer, told the Yemen Times that 70 youth are taking advantage of the project.
According to the YEEPS
report: “in spite of the various technological and regulatory challenges, the key aspect of making decentralized generation work is getting the consumers onboard.