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YWCA gives George township youths business kits

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
YOUNG Women Christian Association (YWCA) has empowered youths from George Township with products to enable them start a business.
YWCA president Phosile Sichinga said in Lusaka during the presentation of the items that the business will help alleviate poverty and in turn curb gender based violence.
“The girls who are receiving start-ups today are expected to start their business as young entrepreneurs. My hope is for the young entrepreneurs to utilise the funds to start a business that will enable them to become empowered,’’ she said.
Mrs Sichinga said out of the 100 trained entrepreneurs, 50 have been given start-ups such as machines to make ice blocks, Sausage making machine, bales of second hand clothes, timber and hair dryers.
She urged the 50 beneficiaries not to sell the start-up goods so that poverty is alleviated.
And YWCA executive director, Patricia Njovu said the programme is targeting girls and boys aged between 15 to 24 years.
“This programme is aimed at benefitting families, communities and everyone else connected to the beneficiaries.
Girls are the most affected when we talk about GBV, but if they are empowered, they will have confidence,’’ she said.
Ms Njovu said the cases of GBV in George Township are a source of concern, hence the decision by YWCA in partnership with Women in Law in Southern Africa (WILSA) to empower the vulnerable as a way of curbing GBV.
She said the entire family is affected when one person in a family is a victim of GBV.
Ms Njovu said that lack of empowerment makes people become vulnerable to GBV.
Ms Njovu said YWCA want to help girls who are in the Safe Space Club with income generating activities.

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