Nestl? Central and West Africa has introduced two initiatives through the sale of hot Nescafe in crowded areas and open markets while creating job opportunities for the youth.

Nescafe In the ?My Own Business? (MYOWBU) initiative, young people majority of whom are female, sell hot Nescaf? from specially designed backpacks, which enable them to dispense coffee by the cup.

Nestl? in a statement issued in Accra and copied to GNA said in the ?Pushcart? initiative, Nescaf? sellers mainly young males are provided with pushcarts, instead of backpacks.

In both cases, the Nescaf? sellers get hot water from micro-entrepreneurs who run their small enterprises in kitchens around open markets.

Nestl? helps them to set up their kitchens and provides them with all the equipment, as well as providing continuous training on safety, hygiene and basic business skills

In 2014, about 55 million Nescaf? cups were sold on the streets in Ghana, C?te d?Ivoire, Gabon, Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso, creating more than 4,500 jobs.

?Youth unemployment is a major issue in Central and West Africa and as Nestl? grows we have also the opportunity to support the economy. Empowering young women and men in this way can help their communities and at the same time create business opportunities for our company ? this is what we call: Creating Shared Value.?

Nestl? says 12th August marked the International Youth Day and salute its MYOWBU and Puschart sellers.

Bouda Elisabeth a MYOWBU seller in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso said: ?I have been a MYOWBU seller for one year now. Thanks to this activity, I can pay for my daughter?s schooling and evening classes for myself. I can also help my parents financially.?

?Thanks to my job as Nescaf? seller, I have been able to rent an apartment and I am looking forward to saving enough in order to build my own shop. Because the peak time for selling coffee is early in the morning, I can still go to school or participate in other business ventures for the rest of the day. Its hard work, but it’s very rewarding,” said Comfort Dorkutso also MYOWBU seller Accra, Ghana

According Nanga Kuete Carine a MYOWBU seller, Douala, Cameroon ?The job is an independent one. You work your way with less constraints. You deliver the products and you take your money. Every year, I pay the school fees for my younger brothers back in the village. You cannot be hungry when you sell coffee.?

Opeyemi Oladeji, a MYOWBU seller in Lagos, Nigeria noted that ?MYOWBU has changed my life, I can now pay my rent and still attend catering school.?

Source : GNA/

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