The Embassy of Switzerland and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched the Hayat II project on May 21 in the Upper Egypt city of Sohag.
The project aims to boost the economic livelihood of 1,000 people by providing them with training and income generating opportunities in the agricultural field.
The prevalence of poverty is at a critical high in Sohag, standing at 58.6%, according to the Egypt Network for Integrated Development. The project will address the root causes of unemployment in Sohag, including the quality of education and access to financing. By focusing on Sohag’s promising agricultural sector, Hayat II will provide young men, women and children with innovative support schemes that can help boost their entrepreneurship skills and generate income.
Hayat II will establish a fund to support an entrepreneurial culture in Sohag to benefit 1,000 people directly – 60% of whom are youth and 30% women. The project will also indirectly benefit many other people involved in implementing the project, such as village development units, local training providers, youth and women’s associations and volunteers.
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