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PUM Netherlands trains 250 women in Livingstone, Mwandi

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
OVER 250 vulnerable women in Livingstone and Mwandi districts have been trained in entrepreneurship skills by PUM Netherlands in a bid to alleviate poverty by motivating them to be entrepreneurs.
PUM Netherlands senior entrepreneurship expert Anne Bijl said it is important to empower vulnerable women with entrepreneurship skills so that they can undertake business ventures to improve their livelihood.
Ms Bijl said in an interview yesterday that there are few women that undertake business ventures hence the idea to empower them with entrepreneurship skills.
“Women have not been performing well in the business sector due to lack of entrepreneurial skills. It is our hope that the training will yield good results by increasing the number of women in the sector,” she said
Ms Bijl disclosed that the trained women were identified by Naleli Community Initiatives which works with the vulnerable women in Southern Province.
And Naleli Community Initiatives director Namakau Sianga noted that Mwandi has a lot of vulnerable women who need to be empowered to reduce poverty levels in the district.
Ms Sianga said that her organisation has in partnership with PUM Netherlands embarked on an entrepreneurship empowerment programme for vulnerable women who have an interest in starting their own businesses.
She thanked PUM Netherland for providing an entrepreneurship expert to train the women with business skills.



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