December 5 2016

Young entrepreneurs: Growing a business from the ground up

Young people face significant challenges when they try to transition into the labour market and into an independent life. Often, there are not enough jobs or young people do not have adequate skills to find work. The GoTeach partnership between SOS Children’s Villages and Deutsche Post DHL Group is helping to bridge this gap in Uganda.

The GoTeach partnership has teamed up with the business development organisation Entreprise Uganda to give young people the opportunity to complete skills and business idea development training to create business models.The budding entrepreneurs also receive financial and technical assistance and get support from volunteer DHL mentors so they can set up their own businesses.
Ingrid, 22, and Stephen, 28, are two of 150 young people who have participated in the entrepreneurship training in Uganda. Both have been able to establish small businesses and are sharing their stories to encourage other young people to shape their own futures.

Click to read Ingrid's story:
Ingrid: “My success is backed by the fact that I refuse to give up”. Photo: David Kaggwa, Multiways Photography

Click to read Stephen's story:
Stephen: "Be patient as you work hard". Photo: David Kaggwa, Multiways Photography

About the GoTeach partnership

The GoTeach partnership between SOS Children’s Villages and Deutsche Post DHL Group was initiated in 2011 with the goal to enhance youth employability. GoTeach programmes include internships, job shadowing, workshops, and – as in the case of Uganda – entrepreneurship training. The GoTeach partnership is currently active in 26 countries and has provided training and career opportunities to more than 7,000 young people.