National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA Uganda



YETA is an Innovation in response to Mastercard Foundation Call to Action to provide economic opportunities for youth in Africa.

This intervention fits in to the Government of Uganda Vision 2020 of ensuring that all families earn at least 20 million shillings per year.

Project Goal

Youth in northern Uganda and Midwestern Uganda develop sustainable commercial enterprises.

By the project close, the project envisages at least 20,000 participating youth owning commercially viable businesses on and off the farm


  1. 750 Youth Associations formed and strengthened
  2. Youth Association members have improved well-being and confidence through enhanced foundational skills
  3. Youth association members have increased access to financial services
  4. Youth Association members develop the technical and Entrepreneurial skills to launch their businesses


The project has so far scored a number of achievements including but not limited to;

  • Baseline assessment
  • Value chain analysis-SIX key value chains
  • 27,130 youth reached in 813 YAs.
  • Launching 813 YA Incubation and 26,856 individual businesses
  • Supported registration of 813 YA’s at Local Government level
  • Formation of 19 youth led primary cooperatives, two  of them SACCOs. All 19 have finalised registration with Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives
  • Improved access to RH services through referral system.
  • 6,469 youth start Community Based Solution Provider(CBSP) businesses.
  • Improved confidence and character traits of participating youth
  • Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with 32 Private sector actors who continue to support Y.E.T.A intervention

Strategy 2015-2020

  1. YETA IS designed to create long-term engagement by integrating numeracy, literacy and life skills with technical expertise in agriculture, business, entrepreneurship and management.
  2. It is also designed to empower 26,250 youth between 15-24 years through Agriculture using its “Learn, Build, Engage” model on and off the farm.

Value Chains

YETA commissioned a comprehensive value chain analysis in the project area and results point to six main value chains of; Poultry, Piggery, Soy bean, Maize, Sunflower and Horticulture.However, along the way the goat value chain is predominant.

The project is well aligned with the Economic Opportunities for Youth (EOY) Theory of Change by providing comprehensive support to youth;

Tailoring the intervention to the unique needs of four project districts; aligning with SIX profitable Value Chains; scaling up associations and that foster the development of social capital