Mhub has facilitated training of 42 girls from peri-urban locations around Lilongwe who have been awarded with certificates after undergoing a 3 month training program on basic ICT skills and entrepreneurship.
The girls aged between 17 and 25 were from the out of school category of the often neglected demographic segment of Lilongwe district.
They were trained in among other modules; introduction to computers, introduction to computer hardware and software, Microsoft office, writing a business plan, starting a business and business financial management and marketing.
The girls had also been assigned to volunteer as interns in public institutions such as Bwaila hospital and primary schools where they shared and put to practical use the knowledge gained in ICT.
On the day some of the graduating girls were given the platform to pitch their business ideas developed after attending entreprenurship trainings.
Some of the business ideas pitched were on establishing a waste collection company that would incorpoarte ICT by generating reports through a mobile application of the areas requiring service and an idea of scaling up one of the girls’ drawing skills to establish a business of selling paintings.
The girls made exhibitions of some of the business that they have established at a small scale and were also given a motivation dose through presentations from various motivational speakers and entreprenuers.
Presenters on the day included entrepreneurs like LombolaLombola and NgabaghilaChatata, Charles Lipenga of Maestros Leadership and Vera Kamtukule of Patch Malawi.
The presenters made particular mention of the need for the girls to incorporate the lessons learned in ICT in the course of undertaking their business ventures.
Training of the girls was facilitated by mHub with support from the United States Embassy in Malawi.