U.S. Ambassador signs grant with 2018 YALI Mandela Washington Fellow

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, and 2018 Young African Leader Initiative (YALI) Washington Mandela Fellow, Ernest Kabichi Madi, signed a United States African Development Foundation (USADF) Grant Agreement providing USD$11,592 to Fast Metal Welders, of which Mr. Kabichi Madi is the Managing Director.

The Grant will provide funding to train unemployed youth in Liwonde Township, in welding, fabrication, and entrepreneurship, at a Skills Development Center Mr. Kabichi Madi established in 2014 in an effort to provide technical skills for local youth that have completed school but have little opportunity for tertiary education.

This particular grant will train 15 unemployed youth (8 girls and 7 boys), four (4) of them living with disabilities, to help improve their standard of living, giving them a chance to achieve greater potential and live self-reliant and economically empowered lives.

The USADF is an independent U.S. Government agency established by Congress to support African-owned enterprises which improve lives in poor and vulnerable communities in Africa. The organization has been operating in Malawi since 2009, supporting income-generating projects throughout the country.

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