Launched in 2018, the “Support for Youth Entrepreneurship” project is in its 3rd edition this year. Each summer a group of local and international volunteers carry out activities within the framework of this project to support youth entrepreneurship initiatives. Despite the employability programmes set up by the Togolese government to promote youth entrepreneurship, a large majority of young people lack knowledge, technical and financial support. Therefore, ASTOVOT is initiating this project for the third time in order to give them the necessary tools to create and manage their own economic activities.
For this edition, the aim is to identify and support the micro-projects carried out by young girls and women in the commune of Kpalimé by giving them the tools to better manage their activities and make them more profitable.
At the end of the project, at least one (1) of the supported projects will be financially supported through Fundraising. To achieve this, international volunteers willing to participate in this project will be networked with local volunteers to work on Fundraising. The local and international volunteers will choose the winner according to the criteria defined by the group as a whole.
Aims of project
– Linking local and international volunteers for fundraising before the project starts ;
– Identify ten (10) micro-enterprises carried by young girls or women of Kpalimé ;
– Carry out organizational diagnostic studies in the selected micro-enterprises;
– Restitution of the results of the diagnoses carried out ;
– Organize a workshop for exchanges and presentation of the tools for effective management of micro-enterprises in the presence of the promoters;
– Choose the project to be financed according to the criteria;
– Promote cultural and skills exchanges between participants and volunteers;
Mobilization of funds through Fundraising before the start of the project;
– Brainstorming on project progress and planning of activities;
– Elaboration of questionnaires for data collection in the field;
– Census and selection of ten (10) micro-enterprises (field survey) ;
– Carrying out organizational diagnosis among the ten (10) selected micro-enterprises;
– Analysis and restitution of the results of the diagnosis;
– Organization of exchange workshops with the promoters of the selected micro-enterprises ;
– Financing of the project selected by the whole group of volunteers ;
– Monitoring and evaluation of the project ;
Housing conditions are generally basic (especially in rural areas). The group is housed together in a house in which the volunteers have to share the rooms (usually 2 to 4 rooms). We have small mattresses and plastic mats that will be used as bedding for the volunteers. Because housing is often not equipped with beds. However, volunteers can provide small air mattresses or small floor mats, sleeping bags, mosquito nets …etc.
Volunteers prepare their own meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on site. The dishes are varied and diverse with local and imported ingredients provided. However, the diet of each volunteer is respected and taken into account in the preparation of the meals. During the international days decreed on the workcamp, each group of volunteers (Europeans or Togolese) can present a typical dish from their country or continent.
As part of the international workcamp, several activities are organized: discovery walks, hikes, festive outings, cultural meetings. These activities allow volunteers to get in touch with local populations but also to discover Togolese culture.
During the weekends, group excursions are organized to discover the tourist sites of the region where the construction site is located. It should be noted that the participation (transport, visiting fees and other costs) of these activities are covered by the volunteers themselves.
NB : Internet access and electricity are limited depending on the project areas.
The NGO Association Togolaise des Volontaires au Travail (ASTOVOT) has more than 60 years of experience in the service of international volunteering and especially in the field of intercultural exchanges between young people from all countries of the world. Every year, it welcomes many volunteers from all over the world to Togo for its various short, medium and long-term volunteer projects (3 weeks to 12 months) as part of international solidarity actions. A founding member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS-UNESCO), ASTOVOT is in partnership with several volunteer organizations in Europe, Asia and Canada. The projects focus on community development through education, health, the environment and intercultural learning. These projects are open to anyone who has acquired significant knowledge and skills related to the mission, wishing to enrich their experience and contribute their professional know-how. Our overall objective is to contribute to the development of the people involved in the projects and the beneficiary communities.
French and English are the two languages of the project. However, French is the official language spoken in Togo. It is advisable for English-speaking volunteers wishing to participate in this project to have a minimum level in French, because a large majority of local volunteers and communities have a low level in English.