Women get entrepreneurship skills

Thirty unemployed women from Nyanga and Mutasa districts attended an Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) last week to help them launch their own enterprises.

Violet Chirisa
Violet Chirisa

The training was organised by the National Institute of Cooperative Entrepreneurship (NICE) in association with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. In an interview with The Zimbabwean on the side-lines of the workshop, the NICE Director, Violet Chirisa said the training would help unemployed women to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to help them starting their own businesses.

“We have realised that there are hundreds of co-operative societies – mainly led by women – engaged in diversified activities. So we want to give them the skills and knowledge that will help them in their various businesses,” she said.

The workshop touched on businesses like handicrafts, interior decoration, savings and credit, jewellery, apiculture (beekeeping), catering services, textile, agriculture and food. The women were also trained on the basics of financing, management, marketing and customer care.

“We plan to roll out many training sessions to provide unemployed women and youth as well as small entrepreneurs the skills and knowledge required for start-ups,” added Chirisa.

Grace Dube from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs said it was important for women to attend such meetings. “These trainings and partnerships play a crucial role in capacity building and the promotion of the co-operative movement,” Dube said.

She said the trainings inculcated the values and principles of co-operation and the concept of entrepreneurship among women.

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