Final Report on the Salvation Army Marikopo Corps Changemaking Competition Level One

The competition ran for three weeks starting on the 4th to 25th of May with a total of twenty groups consisting of three members each. The groups received a total of 25usd each for the competition. However, two groups decided to return the money for the fear of being unable to raise a profit and fail to return the money. The rules of competition were explained to each member and they also signed their registration forms online which outlined the rules and expectations of the competition. As per the rule, each group had to return the received funds if they managed make a profit.

Outcome of the competition

All the groups managed to return the funds they received, though some made very small profits but they pushed to return the funds so that they will be able to participate in future competition. The biggest achievement is that the groups managed to double the amount through their profit and some are continuing with the businesses they started. This prompted more youths to approach the Focal Person wanting to join the competition and also parents really appreciated the competition as it also managed to improve the lives of their children and families at large. One parent came to the focal person with a wide smile and hugged him due to the performance of her children. 

Below is a simple table showing the results from the groups against the funds received, the groups are numbered according to the profits they have made from the highest to the lowest.

 Group leaderFunds receivedProfit made
1KUDZAI KAPUTA25.0058.00
3EMMAH MARINGA25.0040.00
4TITUS MAKONI25.0040.00
5DEFINE MOSES25.0037.00
10LEOBRI RIRWA25.0027.00
11RUVIMBO KUNAKA25.0025.00
12LESLIE MHLANGA25.0020.00
13BEAUTY MUKUTE25.0015.00
15DON MAUNGA25.0010.00
16LILIAN TANDI25.0010.00
17RUFARO MATEMA25.003.50
TOTAL 450.00478.50

Impact of the competition

The competition created a self-reliant youths in the community with improved confidence and sense of purpose in the society. Young girls are now able to buy their sanitary wear without having to ask from parents or care givers. The young people and the focal person would like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to the Yes Foundation.

Recommendations There is need to continue with the competition and enroll more young people as it is able to turn around the lives of the young people and prevent issues of early marriages and drug abuse. If funds do permit, it will be great thing if there are also income generating activities or projects for the young people to create self-employment. The focal person is a professional counselor who is willing to continue working with young people. There is also need to have small meetings where they can receive health education, life skills training and even business training.

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