Youth Enterprise Development Program (YEDP) aims to empower young entrepreneurs to transform their communities through training, mentoring and funding enabling them to create business ventures for employment and wealth creation.


The Women In Businesss (WIB) project is aimed at empowering young women between 14 and 35 years in entrepreneurship and combines business, technical skills development and financial education


Empowering Youth in Governance and Leadership – provides youth with important ingredients that builds effective leaders through meaningful skill development, identification of common issues, challenges, opportunities and values.

Water, Hygiene & Sanitation

This program focuses on the improved health status of women of reproductive age, and children below 5 years.

Agriculture & Climate Change

Focuses on ensuring food security, renewable energy and advocates for simple agricultural technologies that improve production.

Civil Society Strengthening

Focuses on areas of research, capacity building aimed at increasing competencies for the civil society organizations to facilitate constructive development.

Economic Empowerment

Focuses on enterprise development, market and financial linkages, Business Mentorship and growth support.

Let us introduce ourselves

A few words about us

The Africa Initiative for Rural Development (AiRD) is an integrated development program that embraces a market development approach to support rural livelihoods and improve the quality of life through increased rural income and civil society strengthening.

How it all came to be…

What Gave Us Purpose

We found purpose bigger than ourselves so we don’t serve self but serve humanity.

120,000 Children

Reached in W.A.S.H


Youths Trained in Entrepreneurship


Trained on Life Skills


Youth-Led Enterprises Created

Improving the lives of those we touch one at a time!

Africa Initiative for Rural Development

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but those who look at it without doing anything!

“Albert Einstein”

Saying it as it Is!

Listen to one of the beneficiaries after completion of the Learning for Life Programme.


A Trainer’s perspective on the Learning for Life Programme, as well as learnt lessons and beneficiary feedback.

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