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BEP outreach programmes in high gear
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Outreach programmes for disseminating information about the Bacha Entrepreneurship Project (BEP) 2019 to the wider youth populace across the country have started in high gear. The first outreach took place in Thaba-Tseka on 20 June 2019. A team comprising BEDCO, LRA and Standard Lesotho Bank officers addressed scores of youth in the district, providing full details of the BEP to potential applicants.

The outreaches are an effort made by the three agencies to reach youth across the length and breadth of the country, particularly in the rural district. This is to lure them to participate in the project.

The three organisations have learnt from previous entries of applications from youth that a bulk of youth that participated in the BEP are those from urban centres.

This gave a false impression that the project was intended to benefit only urban youth, to the detriment of all other youth residing in the remote areas of the country. In the Phase I of the project, public announcements had taken the form of newspaper and radio advertisements, media platforms that are accessible to the urban youth.

But beginning last year when Phase II came into being, the three agencies embarked on a comprehensive countrywide outreach to reach a sizeable number of potential beneficiaries. BEP 2018 registered a satisfactory number of youths who submitted their proposals.

The three organisations expect an even greater increase in the number of participants given the magnitude of youth participation and also for the fact that youth are now informed about the presence of the project.

Mahalieo Nyanguru, a BEDCO Enterprise Development Officer, who is part of a team that has gone out to canvass the BEP to youth, has expressed gratification that the Thaba-Tseka outreach attracted multitudes of youth to the gatherings which they held in the district. This is against the backdrop of ghastly cold winter weather conditions.

Youth are therefore encouraged to participate in the gatherings organized by the three organisations in droves. These are platforms where youth are provided with full details about the project, what is required to qualify for the project and also other attendant details to the project.

The BEDCO, LRA and Standard Lesotho teams will be in Mokhotlong (Mapholaneng) 26th June. The rest of the outreach programme stands as follows:

  • Botha Bothe 27th June
  • Qacha’s Nek 4th July
  • Qacha's Nek (Ha-Sekake) 3rd July 
  • Semonkong 2nd July
  • Quthing 10th July
  • Mohale's Hoek 11th July
  • Mafeteng 12th July
  • Leribe (Hlotse) 24th July

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