PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Youth in Fisheries project is benefiting 7,000 deserving youths and their beneficiaries in seven coastal districts of Sierra Leone namely Pujehun, Moyamba, Bonthe, Port Loko, Kambia, Western Area -Rural and Western Area Urban .

The project is fully aligned with the mandate of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, which is to develop and implement programs directed towards youth Empowerment and Employment.

The project engages the 1,400 direct participants into 70 groups of 20 youths, 25% of whom are female.
Each youth group comprises of 20 members with 15 males and 5 females. The bulk of the responsibility of fishing rests with men as women do not go out to sea to fish in Sierra Leone.

Women however take leadership positions, especially in the handling of the boat finances. Lessons learned from the previous implementers of this project suggest that women were more prompt in repaying the boat loans.
Women will also be given credit facility to enhance linking the buying of fish from these fishermen to sell and repay the said amount to the ministry.

The fishing boats and accessories are given out as loans to the youth groups to ensure that some of the project costs are recovered to support additional youth groups. Loan amounts recovered are deposited in a separate account at the Ministry of Youth Affairs separate from the main operational account.

Project Goal

Youths in selected districts in Sierra Leone are gainfully employed in
the fisheries sector.

Project Objectives

Objective 1: Youths in the fisheries project are empowered to own and
benefit from functional boats by the end of the project.
Objective 2: Youths in the fisheries project are diversifying their
income base and are setting up small businesses.

Main Project Activities

  • 70 fishing boats given out on loan to 70 youth groups in the 7 districts.
  • Collecting loan repayments from youths on a weekly/ monthly basis
  • Providing credit facilities to female youths attached to the fishing
    groups
  • Providing preservation facilities in strategic fishing communities.
  • Training youths in the basics of entrepreneurship and supporting
    them to save up and start small businesses of their choice to the
    sides.

What Will Success Look Like?

  • Robust ‘Kuta’ boats complete with outboard engines, fishing nets
    and other fishing accessories are being operated by youths.
  • Youths engaged in the project are using acquired entrepreneurial
    skills to save up and set up other small businesses on the sides.
  • Youth groups make regular repayments of loans for boats.
  • Ownership of boats transferred to youth groups.
  • Unemployment if fishing communities reduced