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Empowerment program positively impacts Old town youth

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[Old town youth engaging in small businesses. Photo/Atrash Bwana].

The ongoing youth empowerment program has positively impacted the lives of Old town youth.

Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed said the program has enabled youth to indulge in small businesses and fends for themselves.

She said the program recruited youth who were interested in doing businesses within the area after it was locked down.

According to Hemed, the project is being steered by the human rights lobby in partnership with Act.

“We decided to work with youth in the area because of the economic hardships they are facing which could easily push them to crime,” she said.

Crime

Ms. Hemed revealed that some of the projects will also be expanded to Nyali and Mvita constituencies to enable youth shun crime and indulge in development activities.

[Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

“In Old town for example youth groups are using carts to sell vegetables and other fresh produce to locals, these activities have dissuaded youth from crime,” she said.

The organisation is currently training various youth groups in Kisauni, and Nyali constituencies before issuing them with capital to enable them initiate income generating projects.

On his part Haki Africa human rights officer Said Abdu urged the youth to make the project sustainable even after the funding ends.