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.