The Business Development Services department focuses on capacity building of out of school youth, which involves entrepreneurship training, mentorship and coaching and business support services.

Project Goal:

To create business opportunities and reduce unemployment rate among out of school youth in Swaziland.


Young people enrolling in the program go through a comprehensive training starting with a three-day BootCamp which focuses on idea generation, to a five-week business management training where they develop the business idea into a viable business plan. Thereafter, they go through a six months mentorship program with experienced entrepreneurs who hand-hold them to turn their business plans into reality and also assist them with resource mobilization skills. Upon graduation from the program, the young entrepreneurs receive on-going business advisory and coaching support for a period of three years to assist them during the challenging early years of business start-up.

Current Projects

Currently JA Swaziland is implementing three projects targeting different youth groups.


  • Developing an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Identifying Business opportunities
  • Business idea generation


  • Acquiring entrepreneurial and business management skills
  • Developing idea into a viable business plan


  • Providing support and skills for financial access
  • Support in setting up the business


  • Business advisory services
  • Link to financial institutions and other funding opportunities
  • Markert linkage


"Being a part of the JA Out of school program has made me realize that there are opportunities beyond what I envisioned before."

- Thubelihle Mandvonsela -

"Being a part of the JA out of school program has challenged me to consider my surroundings and consider business opportunities that are available for someone with my skill."

- Nomfundo Mathunjwa -

"I Have No Regrets for leaving my employment in pursuit of becoming my own employer."

- Thandiwe Ntshalitshali -

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