Comic Relief has granted £535,000 to small business ventures for young people in West Africa supported by the development charity International Service.
Jeunesse et Developpement, a sister organisation of International Service, assists young people in towns and cities of Togo, Burkino Faso and Mali in setting up their own small businesses by providing funding, support and education.
The funding covers the project for five years. Edward Wilson, Africa programme manager at International Service, said: "Young people are at the centre of every stage of the project. They initiate applications, they select which projects will be funded, they manage their own funds, and they are involved in monitoring, evaluation and future planning."
International Service has been based in York since 1988, and provides volunteer development workers on projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and the Middle East, as well as in Mali.