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Citrus Saturday in Africa

 

 

In late October Citrus Saturday Manager Jack Wratten travelled to Swaziland, to help organise the first Citrus Saturday event in Africa. Citrus Saturday Swaziland  took place at the Pick’n’Pay Mall in Mbabane on Saturday 9th November, and saw teams of Grade 6 pupils from John & Valera Allen Baha’i Primary School set up lemonade stands and sell cold drinks to the public.

As with all Citrus Saturday events, the aim of the day was to inspire and encourage young people to consider setting up their own businesses,, by providing an experience of running a business for a day. The students organise nearly every aspect of the business, from deciding what cold drinks to serve, budgeting for costs and deciding sale prices, and how and where to sell their wares on the day.

Speaking about the initiative, Citrus Saturday Manager Jack Wratten - who travelled to Swaziland for the duration of the project in the country - noted “This is a fantastic opportunity to trial Citrus Saturday in a radically different setting to where it’s successfully operated so far…already we’ve been buoyed by the enthusiasm all the organisations taking part have shown towards taking part in Citrus Saturday. Most importantly, I’m hoping that it will be life-changing for those taking part and inspire then in a lifetime of entrepreneurship.” 

The initiative is being run in  Swaziland through Junior Achievement Swaziland, the country’s branch of the international organisation which aims to inspire young people to succeed in a 21st century global economy, who approached the Commonwealth Secretariat seeking a project which would complement their programmes for older children. 

In tandem, the Citrus Saturday team will be working with the University of Swaziland branch of Enactus – an international organisation dedicated to using entrepreneurial action to change lives – to provide student volunteers to supervise teams from the schools taking part.

As JA Swaziland is hosting a conference where the 15 African branches of the organisation will assemble in December, it is hoped that it will inspire delegates from all over the continent to return back to their own countries with plans to operate the initiative in other regions, too, having seen the success of the project in Mbabane.  

 

And that’s not all, Jack adds “We’re also in talks with UNICEF to bring the initiative to other African countries, too, so this is just the start” 

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