Rassidatou Konate

IWILI Project
Public Health
Fall 2016

The IWILI Project is a youth led initiative to empower young people in Burkina Faso and boost youth entrepreneurship in the country. It is a year-long program divided into three phases. Phase one is a leadership and entrepreneurial camp where young people develop skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and leadership. After this initial phase, the participants go through a mentoring phase where they intern with local entrepreneurs evolving in their field of interest. These entrepreneurs mentor our participants, help them perfect their business model canvases, build their network and find useful resources for their innovations. The last phase is an internal competition organized between the participants to provide seed funding to the best enterprise ideas. Simultaneously, they will create clubs in their schools and universities and during phase 3, these clubs will come up with community projects to reinsert street kids and the best projects will be supported for implementation. Over the summer, the first phase of the first edition, allowed 28 young potential entrepreneurial leaders aged 18 to 24 to develop their skills during a two-week camp in July and August. Currently, nearly all of them have been paired with a mentor and over half have started their internships and mentorship period.