In a bid to instill the entrepreneurship spirit among underprivileged youths in rural communities, Youth Arise Network has lately launched a project called Tiyeni Tikwezane (Let us elevate each other) targeting young girls and boys aged between 18 and 24.
Among others the project seeks to promote self-sufficiency through business enterprise and innovations, decrease moral decay which will solve character problems amongst young stars and allow disadvantaged youth the ability to make a difference in the country regardless of their background.
Speaking to Nyasa Times, Youth Arise Network Chief executive officer Rejoice Eve Namale said Tiyeni Tikwezane project has been designed to allow urban youth to serve the employment needs of the rural youth through imparting entrepreneurship skills
“Urban youth are exposed to a lot of entrepreneurial information and have easy access to business centre’s both physical and online, which gives them appropriate opportunities to know business, market and entrepreneurial trends happening around them”, She said
Namale added that the entrepreneurship initiative therefore mobilizes the urban youth to reach out to the rural youth who have limited access to business, market and entrepreneurial opportunities. Thereafter, all beneficiaries will be integrated into a system which will open them up to a wider market.
In Blantyre, the project is being implemented in collaboration with the Samaritan trust which has already trained 60 youth with vocational skills including bricklaying, plumbing, electrical engineering, painting and decorating and then they will now be given entrepreneurship skills to complement their acquired skills
According to Namale, In Zomba District, they are working with 50 youth from Chikanda village and that they are still looking for partners who can help to propel the success of the project.
Speaking during the function which was held on 30th September at the Samaritan Trust in Blantyre, Minister of Youth, Sports, Labour and Manpower Francis Kasaila said he country needs young people who can think positively in uplifting the walfare of rural youths and has thus saluted youth arise network for launching the project which according to him will bear positive results.
Youth Arise is a social enterprise which uses market and tech-based solutions to solve social problems with poverty reduction being at its core. It develops interventions in education, healthcare, energy, agriculture, water and sanitation all driven by entrepreneurship.