N’weti implements the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) program in Zambézia and Gaza provinces, reaching vulnerable in- and out-of-school adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) 9 to 24 years old with an age-appropriate package of interventions, as part of the USAID Community HIV Activity in Zambézia, also known as the N’weti-Zambézia program, funded by USAID/PEPFAR. Since the third year of the program, increased focus has been given to the socio-economic strengthening component of the DREAMS services.
With the aim to empower girls and young women and decrease their economic vulnerability to HIV and gender-based violence (GBV), the DREAMS socio-economic strengthening activities implemented by N’weti, reaching AGYW beneficiaries aged 15-24, include: financial literacy sessions, educational subsidies, vocational courses, entrepreneurial and life skills training, provision of start-up grants and kits, facilitating Youth Savings and Loans (YSL) groups, creating associations and facilitating the access to internships.
Throughout the first years of implementing these comprehensive socio-economic strengthening interventions, it is notable that experiences reported by beneficiaries demonstrate significant impact in terms of reducing their economic vulnerabilities and improving their future perspectives. This makes the approach extremely relevant to assure the lasting reduction of vulnerabilities of AGYW and is therefore a key strategy to achieve the objectives of the DREAMS program. To learn more about how N’weti supports AGYW through socio-economic strengthening interventions, please see the results brief. Read more...
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