SURABAYA, February 9, 2022 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC), and the East Java Provincial Government celebrated results of a five-year partnership that has helped over 24,000 youth, mostly women, start their own businesses or increase profits.

Through the $4.4 million USAID Jadi Pengusaha Mandiri (USAID JAPRI) program, the U.S. government has trained, mentored, and facilitated financing opportunities for youth, women and persons with disabilities to realize their entrepreneurial dreams.

As part of the program, USAID provided $110,000 in seed funding to 850 women and persons with disabilities to help start new businesses or help others recover from lost income due to COVID-19. USAID also improved digital literacy skills among local trainers and entrepreneurs to make businesses more resilient. 

“USAID works hand-in-hand with the people of Indonesia to end discrimination and promote equal opportuinities for thousands of youth, women and persons with disabilities to help them reach their full economic potential, build small business, and earn better income,” said USAID Mission Director Jeff Cohen. 

“Congratulations to USAID. For five years we worked well together and were able to give opportunity to poor and vulnerable individuals including youth, women, and people with disabilities to help them find their full potential in the economy,” said Vice Governor of East Java, Bapak Emil Elestianto Dardak. “An array of USAID interventions has motivated them to build successful and growing businesses.”

USAID handed over an online entrepreneurship module that will be accessible from MOEC’s e-learning system, Sistem Pembelajaran Daring Indonesia (SPADA) and available to all university students across Indonesia. USAID handed over a list of 609 qualified business trainers and coaches. (Red)