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Embrace entrepreneurship, Midlands youths urged

 Ian Kadziya

GWERU-
Women of Africa (WoA) has urged youths in the Midlands province to venture into
entrepreneurship and start business in order to make a living and curb
unemployment.

Speaking
to youths during a Youth Empowerment workshop in Gweru recently, WoA intern
programs officer, McAurthur Mkwapatira, said it was important for youth to
engage in idea sharing as efforts to curb poverty.

“About
90 percent of youths in Zimbabwe are not employed if we exclude side hustles.
So looking at this figure, there is need to be innovative for us to do away with
poverty, create jobs and sustain ourselves as young people.

“We
want youth’s businesses to grow all over Midlands province and our next port of
call is to expand our wings to other provinces,” said Mkwapatira.

Ministry
of Small to Medium Enterprise provincial officer, Tsitsidzashe Shumba, said it
was important for youth to join businesses but it was important to equip them
with proper planning and management skills.

“We
decided to assist the youths on how to become entrepreneurs, how to manage businesses
and to be goal oriented.

“The
idea behind this training is to curb high unemployment rates as a way of
creating job opportunities for every youth in Zimbabwe. To everyone who have
big or small business idea, don’t be shy to come to the ministry as our doors
are open for help.

“Never
compromise on goods or quality service when operating a business, also use your
time wisely because time is never enough,” said Shumba.    

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