OSDI has initiated a project to help educated youth to start small businesses. The primary aim is to create more sources of income and higher levels of income in rural areas, essentially promoting the importance of education through widened opportunities. OSDI provides micro-loans to educated, unemployed youth to start small businesses such as grocery or mobile shops, transport services, dairy businesses, fish farming, handicrafts, and stitching opportunities for women. OSDI assists with the feasibility plan and provides candidates with training to develop their business and management skills.
The Small Rural Enterprises Project has the following objectives:
- Creating diverse sources of income for educated youth in rural areas
- Promoting the importance of education through widened opportunities
- Providing training on basic business planning, book keeping, and marketing
- Increasing financial literacy