Technocrats roped in to equip women with business skills

By Tafara Chikumira

THE Midlands chapter of the Young Women for Economic Development is spreading its wings to rural communities by equipping women with the requisite skills and knowledge on how to grow their wealth.

The empowerment lobby grouping has descended on some rural parts of Shurugwi, with some technocrats who took time to explain how communities can use little capital to venture into viable businesses that can generate enough income for their well-being.

“There are projects like chicken rearing which do not require much of capital. One can start a serious project of selling eggs while using sand and some nestle at a very cheap price,” said Chadambuka, a Projects expert.

“What is needed is the technical expertise to understand what needs to be done for the chickens to hatch more eggs. If you want to concentrate on eggs, you need to get all the eggs that are hatched by the chickens and put them in the right place. Controlled heat can work as an incubator while your chickens can continue to hatch after a week’s break.”

The Young Women for Economic Development is satisfied with the response from communities.

“We can’t have a Shurugwi that is known for using machetes in the fight for gold. We come here with a concept for value addition. We want to see people with gold chains that have been produced by young women in mining. If they can do it, why can’t we do it as women from this part of the country,” said Elleine Muchena, Young Women for ED Secretary-General- Midlands Chapter.

Some members of the community appealed to the empowerment group to include people in confined environments such as prisons in their projects.

“We also have prisoners who are housed at Shurugwi female prisons who could not get a chance to be equipped like with the knowledge and skills we got,” said Abigail Chiheraruvhita, Shurugwi Female prisons social worker.

“Most people in the prisons are sometimes driven to commit crime due to circumstances around them. We are saying if these people can be equipped society can be a safer place since they won’t think of committing a crime when released. We are just saying the team should engage prisoners for such good programmes in future,” she added.

The Young Women for Economic Development is already making positive changes in communities, with most women benefiting from the various programmes initiated by the apolitical grouping.