About YEP

Empowered Life Trust (ELT) has been running its flagship program the Youth Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) for 4 years in partnership with CBZ Holdings, the biggest financial institution in Zimbabwe. YEP is a practical and results-based initiative to produce growth-oriented (not survivalist) profitable businesses that are run professionally by youth (18-35 years) from all 10 Provinces in Zimbabwe, including the rural areas.  To date ELT has covered the following rural areas; Gutu, Umzingwane, Lupane and Binga. The initiative supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals nos. 4, 5, 8, 11 and 17. 

Clive Nyapokoto (2017 1st runner-up) – 2018 Best young farmer of the year Harare Agriculture Show.

Clive started Shift organic technology, smart integrated organic farming. He farms horticulture products, spices and keeps bees for honey and honey value added products such as bee wax for candle making using non-soil methods. He also won awards for his business. During the Yep season Clive managed to grow his product portfolio and cliental base. He is currently employing 3 people. He won the ICT innovator award last year, through a Government program, which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services and implemented by POTRAZ. After the YEP Program, Clive received an award from H.E the President of Zimbabwe as the best young farmer of the year 2018 at the Agriculture Show. 

Gladys Chibanda (2017 finalist)
Runner-up 2018 young business leader of the year by Proweb.

She produces handmade crafting products using recycled materials and her products include diaries and gift bags, her registered company is called Krafted Ink. Through the YEP Expo she was identified by Delta Corporation as a nominee to receive an award for Re-cycle and Re-Use program. Gladys got a tender to supply Daily News with Handmade crafted Diaries. She managed to open a shop in town to sell her products. She also got a tender from Rainbow Hotels to make their 2019 hotel folders. After the YEP program, Gladys received an award from Proweb as runner up young business leader of the year 2018.

YEP Process

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