According to the UNDP, 34% of youth between 15-35 in Lesotho face unemployment. We know that there is a close interrelationship between poverty and HIV. Those with HIV are more likely to become poor and those who are poor are more likely to be infected with HIV. It can be a vicious cycle unless there is way to break it with a little outside help.
Bracelet of Hope is working with community groups who want to make a living. They want to support their families and they want to afford the food, transportation and medicines needed to effectively treat the HIV virus. They do not want to be dependent on others but need a bit of help to get an income-generating activity started.
Bracelet of Hope's Business to Business (B2B) Initiative is an exciting new venture that brings togther business owners from Canada and Lesotho to support small and medium business development in Lesotho. The first step in this collaborative effort was a visit in September 2013 to Lesotho by 8 business owners from Canada to become familiar with the business environment there and to build working relationships with business owners from Hlotse and Butha Buthe Districts. It was a great success and helped them launch a local business association group which today consists of more than 30 local business owners.
In October 2014, a second B2B group visited Lesotho and also provided them with workshops and basic business training, something that most of these local business owners have never had. The response to the training and visits have so far been overwhelmingly positive. The current goals of the B2B group include the setting up of a revolving loan fund, continued collaboration, and learning and mentoring via the internet. Click here to see a list of the members of the Lesotho business association and potential mentoring candidates. We're looking forward to great results from this initiative. If you are a business person who would like to be involved in this innovative activity, please contact Bracelet of Hope at:
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