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Dzuka Africa awards entrepreneurial students in Mangochi

By Hanleck Mkumba

Dzuka Africa on Tuesday awarded three youth in Mangochi with cash prizes after impressing judges with their business ideas, emerging winners out of the 11 youth that took part in the competition.

Dzuka Africa trained the 11 selected youth for a week on digital entrepreneurial skills before writing and presenting their business ideas.

Mangochi Youth office Representative, Izeki Saleem hailed Dzuka Africa for engaging youth in the district in various vocational and entrepreneurial skills.

“The District Youth office is very much impressed with what Dzuka Africa is doing by engaging youths of Mangochi in entrepreneurial and digital skills,” he said, adding that this has been reflected in their business ideas presentations.

Saleem encouraged the youth to use skills which they acquired from Dzuka Africa to make a difference in their respective communities.

Dzuka Programme Coordinator, Carlo Nkhoma said the organisation came up with the youth programme to fill business skills and knowledge gap which many youth that have minimal education qualifications in Mangochi have.

“Most of the projects that come to the district only focus on those that have Malawi School Certificate of Education but Dzuka takes on board everyone who can read and write to access entrepreneurship and digital skills so that the knowledge obtained from our programmes should enable the youths to start doing their small businesses,” she said.

One of the winners for the best business ideas, Alfred Mwambira said was delighted that he emerged a winner in what he described as a tough competition.

“I am very happy to emerge the winner for the best business idea and I say a big thank you to Dzuka Africa for coming up with the programme,” he said, adding that the programme has created opportunity for many youth in Mangochi to acquire business skills and knowledge.

Carlo Nkhoma- we come up with the program to fill business knowledge gap-Pic, Hanleck Mkumba (Mana)

He impressed the judges with his business idea of making briquettes from maize husks, and saw dust.

Mwambira received K600,000 as a start-up capital from Dzuka Africa.

His runners up, Mary Douglas was awarded with K300, 000 for nursery school idea while Eliza Chilenje who came third went home with K200,000 after impressing judges with an idea to venture in chicken feed production.

Dzuka Africa is a new organisation operating in Mangochi and is currently engaging the youth through a digital skills programme called Luntha ndi Chuma with funding from the World Bank.

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