Employment problems are prevalent throughout indigenous communities. These problems are a product of both geographical isolation and an unwillingness to integrate into mainstream society. This is, in part, due to a lack of possessing the practical skills required to harness employment opportunities in mainstream society.
ECDO implemented the Development Initiatives to Promote Transforming Youth and Adolescents (DIPTYA) project with support from Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF). The DIPTYA project aims to improve the socio economic status of adolescents and young adults through the development of practical skills relating to income generating activities (IGAs). Under this project, we provided training on several IGAs, including sewing, block and mobile servicing to over 200 adolescents. Many of these adolescents have conducted their own IGA workshops within their smaller community to share their knowledge and skills with others, which has created a sense of community empowerment, ownership and long-term sustainability to the project.
Following the IGA workshops, we provided small, interest-free financial loans to participants to help support them in starting their own business.