Over 200 youth benefited from entrepreneurship skills training

16Aug 2019
By Guardian Reporter
Mbeya
The Guardian
Over 200 youth benefited from entrepreneurship skills training

OVER 200 youth in Mbeya region have benefited from business and entrepreneurship skills training provided by a non-governmental organisation of Elimisha thus enabling the group to reap various economic opportunities for their development.

Deborah Mwanyanje, Elimisha coordinator said this here during the commemoration of International Youth Day (IYD).

According to him, through various programmes, the organisation has helped a number of youth to know their value and be able to grab any economic opportunity in their environment.

“We have trained the youth in areas of business management, entrepreneurship skills, budget control and savings,” she said.

She also emphasied on the youth to work hard and use skills acquired to generate wealth and transform their societies.

Mwanyanje said that the country needs to undergo youth mindset transformation to change their negative perceptions towards business, entrepreneurship in a bid to attract more youths grab economic opportunities, a move that will curb the current unemployment challenge.

According to her, this can be done through provision of education to youth on entrepreneurship initiatives through training, practical field work and making an easy access to capital through provision of loans with lower interest rates and grants to attract their effective involvement in the business.

Some of the youth who benefited from the training commended Elimisha for recognising the potential in young people.

Joyce Nsolo from Iyawala said the finance discipline training has helped her a lot as she can control well her finances and budgets.

Elimisha is an organisation founded in 2009 in Mbeya aiming to help the community with a focus on women, children and youth to have good health and quality education, participate and be involved in national activities, to reap the fruits of their efforts and to get diverse opportunities including in leadership and administration in order to have good life, sustainability and meet their dreams.

The organisation educates the community about their rights, responsibility and tasks of civilians and leaders as spelt out in the country’s constitution through debates, workshops and seminars, including how to use media organs at large.

It also capacitate women and youth on preparation, execution, follow-up and evaluation of their community economic projects that are geared towards supporting special groups such as orphans and those most vulnerable, people with disabilities and the elderly.