'Start a Business' Project
Help Them HOPE will soon launch a project to help the people it serves to start a business. John Whelan, HOPE's Founding Director, commented, “Due to either want or need, many of HOPE’s service recipients would like to start their own business.”
Some HOPE scholarship recipients who have graduated from universities or higher level institutes have found it hard to find employment. This may be due to discrimination in the workplace or accessibility issues. They feel that, by starting a micro business or by becoming solo-entrepreneurs, they can source an income and become more independent.
Peru boasts one of the world’s highest entrepreneurial cultures with 30% of the population involved in early stage or developed businesses and another 40% wanting to start a business in the next three years*. Taking this into consideration, HOPE believes there is a strong need and a want to provide a ‘start a business’ support.
The ‘start a business’ project will offer the following supports: how to register a business; sales and marketing techniques; website creation; database support; networking and peer support; accounting and budgeting support. It will also assist with some of the costs associated with starting your own business.
“In many instances, self-employment is a route into the labour market for people with disabilities. Every day we speak with service recipients like Juan Daniel, who uses a wheelchair but can’t find employment. This project will not only provide the opportunity to start a business, but will allow people like Juan Daniel the chance to learn skills and gain work experience, which will be a benefit to his career development”, commented John Whelan.
The project will start in July 2019 and initially benefit five people.
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