Green Malata Entrepreneurial Village
Tangible skills and entrepreneurial training for children and young adults
Our current and biggest project to date has been the building and operating of Green Malata: an entrepreneurial training village where children and young adults learn tangible and financial skills beneficial for their future.
The primary aim of Green Malata is to provide young adults with relevant vocational skills that are in demand in Malawi, and to help them start their own businesses so that they can support themselves and become financially self-reliant.
At present children who finish secondary school and reach maturity leave their respective schools without the necessary skills to find employment, or to be self employed. In a job market where only 10% of secondary school graduates find formal employment, skills-training for self employment in the formal sector is crucial.
At Green Malata children can enrol in a range of courses which can last between 4-6 months. These include:
- Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
- Welding and Fabrication
- Information Technology
- Hospitality Management
- Renewable Energy
After completing their courses, the students receive a starter-pack: tools and trade equipment, to enable them to start their own business. Students can also apply for a micro-credit if more specialised equipment is needed.
It is our aim that at least 50% of our entrepreneurs have successfully gained (self) employment within one year of completing their course at Green Malata. We define success as being able to generate an income equal to or above the Malawian minimum wage.