Household Enterprise Support (HES)

The objectives of this subcomponent are to increase labor productivity of youth working in household enterprises, and facilitate the entry of youth into household enterprises. This intervention will support 3,000 vulnerable youth in groups of 8 to develop household enterprises through:

Providing orientation workshops that communicate to the youth the objectives and expected outcomes of the program, coaches them basic business management skills, financial literacy and life skills needed for successful engagement and operation in household enterprises

Facilitating youth groups on the development of their own subproject proposals, which will outline the household enterprise activity the group will concentrate on (for example, carpentry and joinery or other activities listed in the menu of opportunities), specify how the youth will effectively engage in this activity (for example, whether they will utilize pre-existing knowledge and experience, develop skills and/or experience through informal peer-to-peer learning or undertake apprenticeships or formal training courses), specify the tools, materials, resources (including access to space) that the activity will require, and specify the milestones and achievements that the youth will reach over the course of the first one year engagement in their subproject.

Supporting the youth groups obtain access to appropriate locations to facilitate the development of their enterprises.

Supporting the youth groups over the 18 month engagement in their subproject, including helping the youth access and effectively utilize a grant of US$2,400 per approved subproject (equivalent to US$300 per individual), which will be released in tranches after the achievement of each milestone as documented in the subproject proposal.

Supporting the youth groups obtain access to appropriate training opportunities. All youth will be supported to think through how they will effectively engage in their subproject activities and whether they need to develop skills and/or experience. This is a key part of the subproject proposal. However, to assess cost-effectiveness of integrating program sponsored training and the potential scalability of the household enterprise subcomponent a subsample of the youth will not be required to undertake apprenticeships and formal training courses as part of their subproject activities. This will enable the Government of Liberia to understand whether integrating program sponsored training into this type of youth development program is cost-effective or whether it is more efficient to simplify the program and empower youth to seek out their own skill-building experiences. The details are specified in the subcomponent rollout section.

Supporting the youth groups to federate and formalize their household enterprises to form a sustainable community institution, establish modalities for the distribution of subproject dividends, and link up with existing institutions, such as village savings groups.