Sustainable Futures through Vocational Training

I’ve never been as happy as I am now. The end of the year was always a stressful time for me, as I had to think of costs of year-end gifts and celebrations, and wonder where I was going to get the money for my family. This year, however, thanks to the USAID/PDev II training, I had enough money to buy my wife beautiful cloth for new clothes, and even had enough to buy a small motorbike for the family.
— Bocar Douramane, a PDev II-trained carpenter

Bocar Douramane is from Markoye, a modest town in Northern Burkina Faso. Previously, he was a welder, but lack of safety equipment permanently damaged his eyes forcing him to give up his trade. This left him searching for odd jobs to support his family.

Around this time, the PDev II established Community Action Committee (CAC) of Markoye found Bocar and assisted him in enrolling in carpentry training. In the following months, he worked hard to master the skills and techniques of the trade. After completing the training, he was gifted a startup kit containing proper tools and safety gear which allowed him to set up a small carpentry shop. He began making small units of furniture—tables, shelves, desks, chairs—that he could sell in his neighborhood, and by the end of the year he was running a successful business.

Bocar is one of more than 2,000 youth that received vocational training through PDev II. Trainings ranged from tailoring to auto mechanics and food preparation/catering.

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