When students graduate from the WAVS School, they leave with the skills they need to succeed in life. But what they lack is something simple: tools.

In Guinea-Bissau, workers have to bring their own tools and equipment to the job -- regardless of whether they are self-employed or working for someone else. Without tools, WAVS School graduates can't put their new skills into practice.

So in 2016, WAVS launched the New Entrepreneurs Program, which provides graduates with tools and equipment at subsidized prices. The logic behind this program is simple: Thanks to the generosity of donors, the students are able to afford to pay for these durable, high-quality tools. Because the tools still cost the students a little bit of money, the students have a strong incentive to take care of them and guard them closely.

The first round of the New Entrepreneurs Program was launched in 2016 and served more than 45 graduates. In 2017 and 2018, WAVS will provide more than 100 graduates with tools and equipment. These young women and men now have the tools they need to succeed in life!

Computer Classes at West African Vocational Schools
Auto mechanics students at West African Vocational Schools
Welding graduate with tools from New Entrepreneur's Program kit

Are you a business owner who can donate tools? Let's talk.

If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to the New Entrepreneur's Program by donating new tools, please let us know by contacting us. We are looking for in-kind donations of new welding and auto mechanic tools, as well as new, durable laptops. Donations are tax-deductible.