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Establishment Through Starter Packs

On successful completion of the three phases of training, the graduands are provided with starter packs to enable them establish and run their own enterprises. Starter packs have some common elements, but others differ according to the skills/enterprises involved. The common elements include the subsidy for shop rent and monthly stipends to serve as livelihood buffer during enterprise gestation. In addition, the starter pack includes start-up equipment, tools and materials specific to the enterprise. To generate the set of start-up equipment, tools and materials that make up the starter pack for each enterprise, the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau constitutes teams of trainers/practitioners for respective enterprises. The teams identify the equipment, tools and materials required for start-up of the enterprise. After independent verification of the included equipment, tools and materials, the Job Creation Office undertakes the necessary procurement procedures to obtain and provide them to the graduands. Only trainees who complete the three-phase training without breach qualify for and receive the starter packs.


STEP STARTER PACKS

STEP enterprise starter pack comprises “in-kind” and “cash” components.

The “in-kind” component refers to physical start-up items such as equipment, tools and materials, according to the skill or enterprise. The in-kind component is treated as grant and so, non-repayable.

The cash component is the 12-month shop rent subsidy which will be given together with the starter packs. This cash component is intended to assist STEP beneficiaries start-up smoothly in their various locations across the state. The cash amount given as shop rent subsidy is treated as soft and generous microcredit and repayable in 2-3 years at zero-interest. The actual amount of shop rent subsidy differs from location to location and enterprise to enterprise.

YAGEP STARTER PACKS

Green YAGEP starter packs comprise critical start-up items, production inputs and farm management advisory, according to agricultural enterprise.

Candidates for Green YAGEP must show proof of own or secured location for the agricultural enterprise. Trainees are wholly responsible for finding and securing suitable locations for their enterprise as well as have own supplies of water and energy. The location must be physically verified as suitable by the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau prior to providing the starter pack items.

Brown YAGEP support packs comprise the critical production inputs and farm management advisory, according to agricultural enterprise.

Candidates for Brown YAGEP must own and show the live farm enterprise for which support is needed. The live farm enterprise must be physically verified by the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau as owned by the candidate, prior to giving the support pack items.