MTV Staying Alive grantee organisations with a start-up investment to launch their own businesses and become financially sustainable in the long run. From a disabled self-help group in Kenya to a female-led embroidery business in Pakistan, we’re very proud of the amazing progress the enterprises have made since they launched just a few months ago!
Kenya – Kisumu Disabled Self-Help Group
Led by a group of young people with disabilities, Kisumu Disabled has set up a free-range poultry farm focused on egg production. Future profits from selling the eggs will be invested in the organisation’s HIV awareness activities for disabled youths in the area.
Malawi – Development Concept
In the heart of Liwonde, a small town in southern Malawi with limited internet access, Development Concept has opened an internet cafe and stationary shop. However, before being able to surf the web, customers need to complete an online HIV quiz.
If unsuccessful, staff will provide additional HIV information. HIV testing and counselling is also available.
Nigeria – Queer Alliance
Queer Alliance has opened a hair salon in Lagos, profits will be used for Queer Alliance’s HIV prevention activities targeting the local LGBT community.
Pakistan – Aware Girls
Aware Girls are the first female-led embroidery business in town and will ensure all 500 girls who create dresses for them will get a proper pay and will also educate them on their sexual health and rights.
Rwanda – United Youth for Rwanda Development (UYRD)
UYRD has set up a farm with 100 pigs, 200 chickens and bees. In January, it made a profit of $3,300, 70% of which will go towards HIV prevention activities in the local community as well as in prisons.