KinEmploi, a boost for Kinshasa’s youth

KinEmploi is a professional integration project aimed at young people, particularly women, in the city of Kinshasa. It aims to help young people find sustainable, quality jobs through vocational training and job coaching, incubating entrepreneurs and accelerating the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

 

In Kinshasa, a megalopolis of almost 17 million inhabitants, 90% of household income comes from the informal economy. The unemployment rate among young people aged between 16 and 24 is close to 70%. However, certain sectors of Kinshasa’s economy offer real potential for growth and job creation.

KinEmploi is an initiative led by the Ministry of Vocational Training and Trades. Enabel has brought together partners, including the Mosala Resource Centre, the Federation of Businesses of the Congo (FEC), the National Employment Office (ONEM), the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education (EPST) and the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises of the Congo (COPEMECO), and incubation and training centres.

In 2023, the programme supported 600 young people, most of them women (89%). It boosted employment in key businesses, in the digital, hospitality, food processing and photovoltaics sectors.

Among them, 528 talents landed paid jobs or started their own businesses, and earn incomes above the minimum wage, marking a significant step towards financial independence and economic progress.

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