Participants of the Yopipila bioconstruction training on a  bio-constructed building that uses wood and bottles

Promoting environmentally friendly building solutions

The Yopipila project promotes entrepreneurship and green technologies among young people in the province of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique.

It's managed by a consortium of three local organisations, CEPCI, Azul and ISP.

Green technologies improving environmental stability

The project provides training in life and vocational skills. Aimed at young people, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), it works with green technologies that improve environmental sustainability.

The project has a particular focus on vulnerable women.

In 2021, Ireland contributed €7,000 to the project to support training and engagement of young people, IDPs and local vulnerable women.

Matina Anli, 29

The experience of Matina Anli clearly demonstrates the capacity of the Yopipila project to change people’s lives for the better.

Attacks by insurgents had forced 29-year-old Matina to flee from her home in Mocimboa da Praia.

Forced to move move to Pemba, in 2021, Matina bwas one of 10 young people who took part in the Yopipila project during its first year. Before she received training from the Yopipila project, Matina didn’t work or study.

Participation in the project gave her the confidence to take part in society, enabling her to make new friends. During the training she gained the skills to apply for a job and plan a normal life for herself.

Bioconstruction using recyclable materials

Matina learned about bioconstruction using recyclable materials, such as clay, bamboo, car tyres, plastic and glass bottles.

Today, Matina is able to share her knowledge with friends and family. She is also able to work in institutions like the Pemba City Council building programme.

Together with two colleagues, she met on the training Matina provides biosconstruction services to private organisations. She can earn on average €340–€480, depending on the job.

Matina’s income helps support her family’s basic needs.

Speaking about the impact of the Yopipila project, Matina says, “I feel very happy that I’m not ignored because I’m a woman. On the contrary, I have earned people’s respect and I’m now an example for other women in my community”.