Mzuzu, November 5, Mana: Citizen Impact Organisation (CIO) has launched an initiative aimed at assisting youths between 16 to 35 years by offering them entrepreneurial skills through tailoring and fashion designing skills.
Speaking during the launch CIO Executive Director, Chimwemwe Banda said the organization came up with the initiative in July this year focusing on entrepreneurship for youth development as well as youth empowerment.
Banda said tailoring and fashion designing was thought of as one way where youths can create jobs once they acquire the skills.
“Apart from tailoring and fashion designing, we also train youth in Information and Communication Technology (ICT),” she said.
TEVETA Regional Accountant responsible for the North, Henderson Josasi commended CIO for the initiative and encouraged youths to concentrate and work hard for their training.
Josasi said TEVETA approved CIO for tailoring and fashion design after inspection were satisfied with facilities and the instructor is recognized by TEVETA.
“As you are aware TEVETA encourages youths in the country to attend various trainings for economic development of the country. We encourage them that after this training they can start their own businesses and create jobs for others,” he said.
TEVETA is in agreement with some financial institutions such as FINCA which allows youths who have finished their training to access loans so that they can start their own businesses.
One of the trainees, Vitumbiko Simwaka applauded CIO for introducing the initiative saying the training will assist her establish her business and train other youths which will allow her generate income.
“I see a bright future with this training. I was begging for assistance from my parents because I am a single mother but with this training I will be independent,” she said.
The training started in July this year with the first cohort expected to graduate in February 2022.
CIO started in 2020 and its mission is to provide mentorship, capacity building, entrepreneurship, training to individuals and communities in order to meet their needs.