Muhammad Akram’s family have been peasants in Muzaffargarh for generations. A restless young boy, he rebelled against “the feudal system that made the life of a peasant such a misery”. After leaving school early, he hung out with a gang known to engage in criminal activities. By the time 25-year old Akram came across PLAN, he was at risk of losing even those few freedoms his father still had. Instead, today he is a successful entrepreneur.
Akram had always wanted a life that offered some freedom, and after talking to the Plan’s social mobilization team he realized he could try something completely different: He could become an entrepreneur living in security, and a respected member of the community. Inspired, he joined a youth group. He enrolled for a course learning to repair mobile phones.
To help him get started, a friend loaned him PKR 10, 000 (about US$ 100) when he completed his course. It was enough, for custom grew quickly for Akram who has finally found a niche in which he is happy to work hard and wants to excel. Today, just months after he started his business he earns 15,000 rupees (about US$ 150) per month. Reflecting back on that chance meeting with the YEEP team and all that has happened.
Provision of access to market-driven training and employment opportunities to vulnerable youth and women in rural districts of southern Punjab, Youth Economic Empowerment project (YEEP)
Contributions and Aim:
The Youth Economic Empowerment Programme (YEEP) is a EUR 2.4 million project being funded by the European Union (90%) and Plan International (10%). The 3.5 year project is being implemented by Plan International and NRSP. It aims to help a total of 3694 young men and women aged 15-29 to find meaningful, well-paid employment and self-employment by improving access to effective, market-driven Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) opportunities.