Whitaker Peace Development Initiative launches business plan for youth

By Wek Atak Kacjang

Whitaker Peace Development Initiative (WPDI) has launched a business plan for the youth to start their own business.

The organization trained more than hundred youth and they are calling on them to apply for micro finance loans to start their business in the market.

George Bush Buse Laki, WPDI Program Coordinator said the business completion would help the youth to start something that have impact in their community.

He said they wanted to move youth towards economic independence

“We are moving toward self-dependence that we have young people who are coming up as business champions. We have young people who are taking over from foreigners because many young people have been complaining that foreigners are taking their jobs.”

Buse said through the training they tend to open the minds of the youth so that they start to look for opportunities within the country.

“We want to empower young people economically given the fact that many youth who are unemployed and those who are idle, this is because they lack financial supports,” Buse said.

Chairperson for South Sudan National Youth Union, Gola Boyoi Gola said he is very happy to see very big number of youths have commitment and seeking knowledge in this center.

“I was at the business center before I became chairperson of national youth union. We use to help and conduct such completion some of them are successful and some of them are now nowhere to be seen. When I came to see you guys are doing here from the training, it’s a very crucial idea. I want to acknowledge and appreciate what the center is doing,” he said.

He added that some people are financially poor but may have a very brilliant idea, yet some may have huge money but the person does not know how to manage it.

He called on the youth to be self-depenedent by doing their own businesses.

Emmanuel Gore Kamilo hailed the good work being done by the Whitaker Peace Development Initiative, adding such program must be embrace by the citizens since it plays a great role creating employment to vulnerable youth.

Vicky Angelo said relying on business was something good for both men and women but said men sometimes easily get influenced by their wives when they get married.

“If you are self-dependent having your own business earning your own money a man cannot challenge you,” she said.

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