ENABLE-TAAT success story: Mentorship helps beneficiary overcome COVID-19 impact

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A beneficiary of the ENABLE-TAAT capacity development exercise has affirmed that beyond technical training for youth, mentorship and training in soft skills and business development are valuable to provide a soft landing for new enterprises.

In 2019, Aderemi Adekunle Oke participated in an aquaculture training provided by the program compact because of the ample opportunities offered. Before that time, he started a fish enterprise that was swept away during heavy rainfall. So, he decided to gain more knowledge from the ENABLE-TAAT aquaculture training before starting again.

During the training, he learned about the fish value chain from production to consumption and business development. He was also trained to set up a business plan, think “outside the box”, manage an enterprise, be proactive, respect human value, and be emotionally intelligent.

Oke then ventured into fish production by building a hatchery and six nursery ponds and a mini pond. He planned to hatch fingerlings and nurture, process, and market them. Sadly, the outbreak of COVID-19 dealt a massive blow to his enterprise. He lost his market, and many fish died due to lack of feed.

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