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IHFVA: Empowering young entrepreneurs

6 March 2023 | Member Stories

Infinite Hope for Vulnerable Africa
Holding on to hope can be difficult for Ugandan youth. With little access to education or skills training, poverty and unemployment loom large in a country ranked one of the poorest in the world. Uganda is also home to an increasing number of young refugees, mainly from DR Congo, trapped by fierce competition for the limited further education scholarships that could liberate them. The plight of young people is the reason for the existence of Infinite Hope for Vulnerable Africa (IHFVA), an organisation established in 2021 to empower youth with entrepreneurship and other skills.

Sustainable Development Goals targeted

SDG 1 No Povery SDG 2 Zero Hunger SDG 3 Good health and well-being SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth

Development in Africa by Africa

“Uganda has a great number of youth. Most have not attained quality education. Some didn’t even have a chance to go to school,” says Nsimire Aston, a digital creator, social entrepreneur and founder of IHFVA.

“We want to help people to thrive socially and economically in our communities,” Nsimire explains. ‘I believe development in Africa must come from within us. Providing quality education and skills to children and youth is the pathway to a positive future generation.”

Social entrepreneurs are known for finding solutions for society’s problems. What is the problem that you are addressing and what is your solution?

We wish to reduce unemployment through job creation. We teach entrepreneurship and skills training.

IHFVA offers training in entrepreneurial skills, to help young people and women to engage in business, as well as language training and education and awareness in youth and women’s rights. Working in communities IHFVA also strengthens cooperation linkages with local authorities in Uganda. In this way, other gaps in our communities can be mitigated in areas like financial inclusion, peace building, leadership and livelihoods.

What do you see as the benefit of your Catalyst 2030 membership?


Are you collaborating with any other Catalyst 2030 members?

Yes, and knowledge sharing.

If so, can you tell me about some of the collaborations that you are most excited about?

Training crowdfunding and sharing knowledge about successful projects.

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