May I share some ideas?
Skills do not generate (self) employment or (self)business... markets do.
Tools and assets do not generate revenue... markets do.
Access to finance does not generate wealth... markets do.
Food security... that is ALWAYS a good idea since rural economies are at least at 50% non monetary economies.
The first question any funder will ask you would be: which market(s) (employment or business market) are vulnerable youth and women targeting? A market is a combination of a (potential) offer and a demand, so what is the demand?
Why someone would hire a skilled, equipped, and bankable vulnerable youth or woman? to do what? what occupation?
What someone would buy from a skilled, equipped, and bankable vulnerable youth or woman? Who are the buyers? and what products do they want to buy?
The second and most difficult challenge that should attract a public investor is: how the services you offer to these vulnerable youth & woman will sustain themselves? Can an NGO provide those services as a commercial service or would it always need a Samaritan person for help? In other words who is benefitting from your services (and certainly NOT only the youth and women)? and who should pay for it at the end of the day or project?
Any tentative answer to these questions should help attracting any public "investor".
Maybe Peter can help you building a "business case" of these empowered youth and women that can attract a demand (market) and some public and private investors?