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Share with us your personal experiences of working in the informal economy. What have been the benefits and the challenges?

What young people say:

 

Precious, 26, from Nigeria said that although she does not have personal experience working in the informal sector, she does work with youth both in school and out of school who do have such experience. “Some youth are doing well, depending on their location and the amount of resources invested in the business they are working in. While for others the benefits they acquire are helping them build their own skills.” Precious went on to say:

“Some of the challenges they are facing include:

1.) For one domestic worker, lack of trust by the owner (of the place), which hinders a proper relationship.

2.) Lack of funds to equip the informal [business], thereby making the work hectic and cumbersome.

3.) Over-use [exploitation] of youth working in this area, because there are few benefits.

4.) For street vendors, one of the major challenges is the […risk of falling] sick, because of the working environment [and the lack of safeguards].”

Lody, 25, from Cambodia reminded us of the gender inequalities that persist, commenting that: “Young women are doubly affected as they face not only lack of opportunities, but poor quality of work, especially in the informal [sector] – characterized by low wages, less secure employment, and [often limited] representation.”

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