Driving transformative change for women
HerStart builds on YCI's legacy of partnering with youth to reshape the world so women have an equal opportunity to thrive.
Meet some young women leading change around the world
"Taking part in one of YCI's entrepreneurship training programs was one of the first times that Asia had an opportunity to understand the ins and outs of running a business. By boosting her English skills, she launched a new venture that imports and re-sells bicycles and uses the profits to support her family and provide sustainable, low-cost transport options for her community in Zanzibar, Tanzania."
"Fatima has always been passionate about the environment. It wasn't until an entrepreneurship training through YCI that she felt equipped to turn her eco-venture, Timalima, into reality. Now the company upcycles scrap materials to create decorative goods, reducing waste and generating income for women in Tamale, Ghana."
"With start-up support from YCI, Mulkhat launched a business that sustainably cultivates fish and grows vegetables in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She reuses the fishpond water as fertilizer for the vegetables and the vegetables as fish food to reduce waste and costs, creating positive impacts on the environment and her business."
"My family could not believe I could one day run a livestock feed business, which is normally run by men in my community. Because of the program, I gained the skills and confidence I needed to start and run a livestock business. I am proud that I can show the men in my community that women can also run this business. I am proud to now get respect in this type of market, because I am one of the few women doing this kind of business."
— Oumou, YCI entrepreneurship training participant in Senegal
"Entrepreneurship is not easy, but I am happy I gained the knowledge and skills on how to become successful entrepreneur through the program. Because of this program, I was able to start a custom-made furniture business (traditionally a male dominated business), and I gained confidence to run my business. I am now making money and a living and able to raise my son and support my mother."
— Cintya, YCI entrepreneurship training