Innovative approaches to enhancing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people are vital to youth development and economic empowerment that can contribute to sustained economic growth. Strongim Bisnis considers the involvement of young people in the design and roll out of our activities across the cocoa, coconut and tourism sectors. We are also working with businesses and government to design interventions to directly promote youth entrepreneurship and economic opportunities. Strongim Bisnis is proactively ensuring that new economic opportunities stimulated by our program are available for young people, and that targeted opportunities are created for this important group.
Addressing the vulnerability of unemployed young women and men and the barriers for youth to be included in the economy – especially those who live with disabilities.
Increasing gender equity and opportunities for women to access and take advantage of resources to create and obtain jobs and move into senior roles throughout the market.
Increasing exports and domestic production of value-added cocoa products that result in increased incomes and jobs.
Strengthening growth of the coconut industry through marketing and diversification of the product range of existing producers, bringing sustainability and resilience to businesses.
Working with regulatory authorities and banks to better provide financial products that assist Solomon Islanders, especially those in the provinces, to access financial services.
Strongim Bisnis has identified farmers in Guadalcanal who produce fruits, vegetables, and root crops for sale through the Honiara Central Market. Fresh produce is important for the diet and livelihood of rural smallholder farming households and the organization recognizes the market's importance, especially to women and for the population's nutrition and health, with potential for growth due to population increase.
The Solomon Islands forestry sector has been the main contributor to the economy, providing up to 80% of foreign earnings for over 40 years. The government and donor partners aim to increase domestic processing and value-adding, leading to benefits such as more jobs for locals, reduced reliance on imports, and the expansion of local businesses.
Improving demand-driven, sustainable tourism for leisure tourists, resulting in improved profitability for businesses and employment opportunities for communities.
Strongim Bisnis is working on waste streams (initially within Guadalcanal, Central and Western provinces) with the objective of finding sustainable and commercially viable solutions for recycling and waste removal/disposal services. This is aimed at driving economic growth and creating private sector jobs.