The Nawaya Network
GIL Program
The Nawaya Network has been implementing UNICEF Lebanon's Generation of Innovation Leaders entrepreneurship program in Lebanon, Mount Lebanon and South since 2016, reaching over 5,000 youth. The program aims at developing income-generating opportunities for marginalized Lebanese and refugee youth through innovation, entrepreneurship and business development training. The training is followed by an incubation phase through which successful youth-led projects receive further business coaching seed funding to help launch their projects. The program also includes post incubation support through mentorship, short educational online sessions, referrals to local, regional, and international competitions, as well as other opportunities within the country.
GIL Impact
Youth Trained 2017-2020
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of Total Youth Trained Since 2017 are Females
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Completed Business Coaching 2017-2020
Female-Only Teams Launched 2017-2020
Micro-enterprises launched in 2019
of 2019 micro-enterprises were reached for interviews 6 months post-programme
of 2019 micro-enterprises are still working on their business 6 months post-programme
of 2019 micro-enterprises generated income 6 months post-programme
Estimated Income Generated 6 months post-programme by 2019 micro-enterprises
Average Monthly Income Generated 6 months post-programme by 2019 micro-enterprises
Townhall mentorship sessions in 2020
Youth benefited from Townhall group mentorship sessions in 2020
Youth benefited from one-to-one mentorship sessions 2017-2020
Mentors volunteered to support youth in 2020
GIL Stages
Stage 1
This 12 day entrepreneurship training offers youth the opportunity to learn how turn problems in their respective communities into opportunities, conduct field research, determine the building blocks and viability of their solutions and lastly the opportunity to pitch in front of a jury.
Stage 2
FinCamp is a 7 day training that enables youth to dive into the financials of their projects, by creating realistic projections and a solid financial plan to back their ideas up. This stage is the final qualifier for incubation, with a second round of pitching, and a more solid plan.
Stage 3
Successful youth who move on to the Incubation stage will get a chance to work with a coach, hone their business skills, develop a prototype and cover other business topics related to their projects. Incubation takes 2 to 3 months and follows a methodical approach for optimal results.
Stage 4
Post incubation, youth will receive additional support through short-term mentorship, educational online sessions, referrals to local, regional, and international competitions, as well as other opportunities within the country, including GIL’s flagship events, Hakaya and Jawa2ez GIL.
Entrepreneurship Training
Duration: 12 days
  • Get inspirgba(64,160,213,1) and develop critical thinking skills
  • Explore and express out of the box ideas through the ideation phase
  • Conduct field research to better understand the desirability of your ideas.
  • Define the building blocks of your projects during the feasibility phase of the training
  • Define the viability of your projects by applying the knowledge of financial basics
  • Pitch your projects on graduation day youth and get your certificate
  • Financial Bootcamp
    Duration: 7 days
  • Dive into the financial details of your project
  • Make realistic cost, price, and revenue calculations
  • Develop a financial plan for your project
  • Make a financial projection for your project
  • Plan how to start your business
  • Pitch your project and qualify for Incubation
  • Incubation
    Duration: 2 to 3 months
  • Work with a coach to discuss your prototype
  • Get coached on essential business topics like supply chain management, marketing, and finance
  • Develop your business skills
    Hakaya GIL is a series of inspirational storytelling events featuring youths from all the regions across Lebanon. With the spread of COVID-19, and starting May 2020, this event is now broadcast live on Facebook and Zoom, in bi-weekly short episodes. Each episode features one youth, who shares their moving story of how, through sheer will and perseverance, they managed to triumph over various obstacles in their lives. The audience, primarily youth, gets the chance to hear first hand accounts of struggles through poverty, loss, illness, war, displacement, and above all, the closed doors of opportunity. The audience also gets to interact with each young guest speaker online. The youth participating in these events have all participated in UNICEF Lebanon’s Generation of Innovation Leaders program.
    Jawa2ez is a yearly rigorous three-day online boot camp that ultimately opens doors for participating youth teams to compete for additional funding and coaching. The event also serves as a solid networking forum where business owners connect with each other, exchange ideas and share their business insights. Participants in Jawa2ez GIL, are young and passionate entrepreneurs who have been through the GIL program and have demonstrated commitment and dedication to their micro-enterprises. The second edition of Jawa2ez GIL took place on November 24, 25 and 26, online and offer 38 participating teams the precious opportunity to hone their pitching skills in order to better sell their business to potential investors and donors, receive on-demand sector-specific training and further guidance across the facets of being business owners, and obtain additional funding and business support to boost their micro-businesses. The three-day sessions cover several topics, including training on Digital Marketing, Sales, Pitching, E-commerce, Legal advice, Agriculture future world, and Food Safety.
    Success Stories
    Rusty by Tala
    Tala's sister who's a psychologist used to take her along to work at a mental asylum, There, she observed the various patients and their difficulties and felt responsible for their wellbeing, a feeling which Tala carried with her to her daily school studies, particularly, to the special cases section of her psychology class. At the age of eighteen, it was time for Tala to select a university major, the stepping stone into her future, She chose psychology, of course, as well as fine arts, as she'd always been talented at drawing and making craft, Much to her dismay, however, her father opposed both her choices, in his opinion, they would not enable her to "put bread on the table", ala remembers giving in to her father's wishes and majoring in business, a major which cost her four and a half years to complete, her heart was simply not in it. When she graduated, Tala went on to find work in business, a field she never felt any belonging to, She left after a while and was jobless for about a year and a half until she found work teaching art to children with special needs, a job that combines both her passions, arts and helping others, Her tenure in that job was also short, not for lack of passion but for being tied up by many rules that did not resonate with her. At a loss, and with limited options, Tala started an event company with her then-husband, where she would handle event decoration, There, she was free to express her creativity, but she didn't feel entirely fulfilled, she was not able to use her gift for helping others, At this point, she and her husband decided to keep pushing through, with a baby on the way, they needed a steady income so that they could buy furniture for their home and provide for their child.
    Chez Salam
    As an interior design graduate, Salam's true passion lies in making food, particularly Italian cuisine and desserts, She started experimenting with pancakes and other sweets at a very young age, With little direction as to what to select as a university major, and a few options available in her area, she chose interior design as a major, which she doesn't like, "I chose it because I was lost", says Salam, "yet cooking is my blood, I smile every time I think about making food". Like many youth her age, Salam was feeling stuck and depressed because of the country's economic situation, but her friend Nagham insisted she register to the Generation of Innovation Leaders, GIL program through Nawaya, despite her many objections. "I remember calling reluctantly and learning that registration was closed and the class was complete, but someone dropped out at the very last minute and I had my spot! Some things happen for a reason". With a more open attitude, and through the training, Salam managed to study the market in her region, determine the products she would sell as well as pricing and marketing them,On graduation day, Salam pitched her pasta restaurant concept which was accepted, She then went on to receive further coaching and seed funding to cover some of the equipment she would use for the restauran, Added to a small initial fund she would put forward, this would inch her towards making her dream come true and starting a cozy pasta restaurant in her town. With the COVID19 crisis now, Salam's put her initial project on hold and has decided to collaborate with an existing pizza joint, مطبخ سوسن to test a few dishes of her own making out as of Sunday, June 28, 2020. As for COVID19 precautions, they'll be focusing on delivery and outdoor seating, near a popular market, Her plan is to add 5 pasta dishes to the menu, as well as some sandwiches and crepes, test them out for a month to learn what's working best and what she'll want to improve.
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