Supporting the Informal Sector: Connecting entrepreneurs to expert mentor

Today, many young entrepreneurs in sub-saharan have limited or no formal education. They get attached to extablished enterprises and mentors by way of apprenticeship or mentoring in order to arquire skills. Informal education is a type of vocational and technical education that goes on outside of the formal learning environment of school, a college or a university. It can be seen as “learning that goes on in daily life”

These entrepreneurs constitute the informal sector. They operate on the margins of formal or mainstream activities. Their activities are normally outside the conventional scope of government regulation and assistance and are typically youthful and burdened with unhealthy or unsafe working conditions, lack of social protection arrangements and health facilities at work and little or no formal training.

According to a UNESCO survey: of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion. Over one-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school, followed by one-third of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. According to UIS data, almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school.  (UNESCO, 2020)

With limited or hindered pathways back into the formal education and training systems, they face serious skills gaps that impact their income potential and lower their social mobility. This, in turn, negatively impacts the overall economies in which they operate.

Online Mentoring and volunteer support

African Association of Entrepreneurs facilitates online mentoring and volunteer services to these entrepreneurs to ensure that they begin on the right footing. Support can play a significant role in improving the skills of most of these people. Volunteer experts can offer tailored support with no additional fees. Volunteers are carefully selected to ensure they have the right skills, experience and attitude

On-site Visits and Training Workshops

Local training workshops and on-site visits by AAE volunteers can play a pivotal support role for the not-so-tech-savvy entrepreneurs. On the 22 June 2015, 30 entrepreneurs benefit from “How to prepare your elevator pitch” training workshop, as part of a Ye! Community workshop organised by the African Association of Entrepreneurs

Donate Now


AAE is a volunteer-run organisation coordinated by a network of national teams.

View all posts by AAE →

Leave a Reply