Enterprise Development


The Refugee Accelerate Entrepreneurship Challenge selects refugee youth entrepreneurs, especially young women, in Uganda who are already running a small business and want to take it to the next level. The young entrepreneurs had an opportunity to pitch their expansion ideas and work alongside AYAN and YSAT teams to receive a comprehensive suite of tailored support. By experimenting with the combination of support provided, REACH aim to contribute to employment creation and increased incomes in refugee communities, generating evidence and insights on what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to supporting refugee youth-led businesses.

REACH is organized by the Youth Social Advocacy Team (YSAT) and African Youth Action Network (AYAN) with funding from The MasterCard Foundation under the theme “Building Self-reliance and resilience of young refugee entrepreneurs to enhance employability in Urban & Refugee Settlements.” It runs till July 2023

25 refugee leaders have been selected in Kampala and Kiryandongo refugee settlement. These will benefit from seeds funding from 1 million to 5 million Uganda Shillings.