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mHub distributes $50,000 to youths through Entrepreneurship training program

By Monica Tambala

Lilongwe, MANA: mHub, an Innovation centre that trains and mentor young innovators and emerging entrepreneurs, has recently distributed 50000 US dollars to finance various youth’s businesses across the country.

The funds amounting to 65 million Malawi Kwacha has been shared among 20 entrepreneurial projects owned by the youth selected from the three regions of Malawi.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Karen Manda, Communications and Community Engagement Manager for mHub said the Digital Skills Program identified and trained 524 youths for a period of two years, equipping them with Graphic Designing, Web Development, Digital Marketing, Data Entry and Analysis skills.

“Apart from strengthening the digital innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, the objective of the Digital Skills and Innovation sub-component of the program is to address the gaps in Malawi’s digital literacy and advanced ICT skills,

Beneficiaries and mHub officials pose for a photo

Participants that enrolled underwent a business development training and entered a pitch competition in order to stand a chance of winning a grant of 2500 dollars to grow their businesses,” she said.

According to Manda, out of 524 youth trained, 86 participants went through entrepreneurship training of which 20 were selected as beneficiaries. The program targeted 60 percent young women participants from Nkhatabay, Mzimba, Lilongwe, Ntcheu, Chikwawa and Mwanza.

She further highlighted that the program has been very successful as it has seen more youths in rural areas equipped with digital skills which they can be able to utilize them in exploring business and job opportunities available in the digital space.

In a separate interview, Yamikani Pachanya, one of the beneficiaries from Ntcheu who received 2500USD hailed mHub for inspiring youths in the country and believes the initiatives lessens their poverty levels.

“I have managed to buy heavy duty photocopy machines which have raised my flag in terms of winning tenders. I recently won a tender to print zonal examinations for ten schools,

I had no laminating machine and used to lose many customers but now i have access to different customers because I no longer lack materials,” he said.

He further explained that the support rendered to him by mHub will not only help him but will also benefit other youths in his community as he is looking forward to train them in operation of the machines.

Mwai Dziwawa, another beneficiary of the program expressed gratitude for the training and grant which will allow him to open a business and employ other helping hands from his community.

“My financial problems which rose from lacking a job have now been dealt with, life is not as tough as I now have something to bring me money,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dziwawa is advising his fellow youth to be innovative and not always rely on government for employment.

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