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In an area of the Free State with high unemployment leading to difficult lives for teenagers NMCF partner the Thabo Mofutsanyana Youth Network (TMYN) has become a thriving community organisation. It supports and develops outstanding young people who are confident about their future.
Input from NMCF has been essential to the development of the work. Training had enabled to them to plan ahead, manage resources and think about how to develop the programme to respond to pressing concerns such as HIV and Aids.
TMYN works with young people who are both in and out of school. Ten schools in the area offer both life skills and careers counselling to young people. They also train and mentor the young people who lead these activities and are the key to the success of the programme.
Business and computer skills courses are offered as widely as possible, as well as traditional farming skills, as this is a rural area and so presents a real opportunity for young people.
Successful business ideas have included guest houses in response to tourism in the area, fish farming, a catering company and the manufacture of detergents aimed at the public sector market.
6 enterprising young people recognised that chicken was a popular local meal choice and so started a chicken farm. They received some start up funds from TMYN at the end of their business skills course, as well as continuing advice and mentoring during the early days of the business.
Michael and Radebe explained that they marketed their chickens by word of mouth - and were getting repeat business.