Carpentry shop for community growth


January 2023 – December 2024


Dondo District, Sofala Province, Mozambique


More than 1,000 people, including students and district residents

Area of intervention:
Ability in infrastructure and in self-sufficiency
Associação OLAPA, Beira, Mozambique

Recently ravaged by several natural disasters, Mozambique struggles to overcome its generational cycles of poverty and offer its inhabitants better financial prospects. To create the conditions for Mozambicans themselves to break out of this vicious cycle of poverty and constant state of need is one of the main goals of SwissABILITY.

Cause for concern is reflected in a UNICEF census stating that in 2017 43% of males and 32% of females (under the age of 25) are neither in work nor attending school. Many who are engaged in economic activity, often do so in the informal sector where productivity and income levels are low. For females, the picture is even more disheartening: 14% become mothers before the age of 15, 57% before the age of 18, increasing the challenge for them to break free from dependence on external support. [1] .

Creating infrastructures where young people can train, while they offer a service to the community, will give them hope in a nation that wants to ensure economic autonomy to its citizens.

The carpentry has a threefold purpose:

    1. To become a place of learning for elementary school pupils in the district through the introduction of the subject of carpentry into the curriculum.
    2. To serve as a training centre for young people who finish mandatory schooling and wish to learn a profession. This enable them to move from a life of dependence to autonomy, securing their professional future.
    3. To become a supply centre for the provision of local and low-cost products (tables, desks, chairs, doors, windows, various furniture, etc.) for local school centres and other community facilities in the Dondo District.



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