A US$2.73 million grant for Djibouti aims help end poverty by supporting income opportunities for youth and women


 The World Bank signed a US$2.73 million grant for a new employment promotion program for youth and women in Djibouti. 
The program will reach over 3000 beneficiaries in the poorest areas of Djibouti, providing access to life-skills, livelihood skills and access to finance.
A key component of the program consists in helping young people start and grow their own businesses.
The program encourages youth to form groups and offers them training and coaching to prepare business plans for promising income generating activities. 
“Supporting young people to start and grow small businesses requires a comprehensive approach to remove barriers like the lack of professional networks, insufficient skills, and difficulties in accessing finance,” said Homa-Zahra Fotouhi, World Bank Resident Representative in Djibouti. “Through this project, we will give young people the chance to start their own small enterprises in line with local market opportunities.
The grant also supports the strengthening of the handicraft sector in Djibouti with a particular focus on women.
Many women in Djibouti already have traditional skills in the handicraft sector,” said Stefanie Brodmann, World Bank Task Team Leader for the program. “The program will leverage these existing skills and foster innovation, product development, and commercialization of local products to make these activities more attractive and viable in the long-term.”
The grant is from the government of Japan, provided through the Japan Social Development Fund and implemented by the Djibouti Agency for Social Development.

A happy child in Djibouti carrying Kuwait flag after receiving food supplies donated by Kuwait

Kuwait is very generous! What a wonderful country and beautiful people! This is a noble cause,and Kuwait has been infornt where there is need of food and relief. Kuwait is one of top countries in helping and donating to the poor in governmental level and citizen level. This is called the true voice of soul.

US Secretary Kerry speaks with a group of young women at the Salman Mosque in Djibouti this morning. The clock in the background displays todays five prayer times.
There are many refugees from Aden in Djibouti in dire need for urgent help.