Mbour – December 19- 23, 2011. Members of ten community associations met to form Economic Interest Groups (GIE) and for business and life skills training by ChildFund Senegal, Options Senegal and the Fel Yook Federation of Mbour.
This group of 100 trainees were recruited by the Fel Yook Federation of Mbour to participate in the training program and form their own businesses, in the form of GIEs.
Participants demonstrated a high level of interest and motivation throughout the training program. They represented mostly rural communities in the Mbour region, with only one association located in the city of Mbour. Below are statistics compiled from a survey that each participant completed on the final day of the training program. Participants typically had completed at least part of their secondary education. Five participants identified themselves as having no formal education. While many of the participants were previously unemployed, some did have jobs that include: tailor/seamstress, fisherman, community health volunteer, and barber.
Number of participants who completed the training program: 97 (97%)
Number of women: 58
Number of men: 39
Average age: 22.2 years old
Average daily income before Options Senegal (for those who were employed): 1823F CFA (approx. US$3.80/day)
Average number of people in household: 27.34 people
Average number of employed people in household: 4.63 people
We will be administering the same survey to all 300 of our initial participants and others beyond that. We will post all survey data on our website and as our data increases, we will provide more statistics.