Cairo, 03 February, 2022 / 3:19 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Egypt are empowering refugees and vulnerable Egyptians in the country’s capital, Cairo, with skills to initiate businesses.
Funded by the U.S based development arm of SDB, Salesian Missions, and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), refugees and vulnerable Egyptians receive training through the Sunrise Project for Cairo’s Urban Refugees and Vulnerable Host at a Salesian technical and vocational training center in Cairo.
In a Wednesday, February 2 report, SDB officials say between September 2020 and September 2021, at least 426 people graduated from the project, which is "popular among refugees".
In addition to the graduates, SDB officials say, "65 trainees received a seed grant and one-on-one mentoring, and 16 microentrepreneurs and past alumni received small business development grants."
“The project also rented tables at three local bazaars so that microentrepreneurs could market their wares and services," Salesian officials say, adding that "these bazaars were particularly helpful for female micro entrepreneurs who could display their sewing and handicrafts products or offer hairdressing or henna services."