Solwezi Municipal Council has continued to coordinate training of community members (both men and women) in the district in various skills with a view of fostering self-reliance through creation of self-employment.
The Local Authority has commenced a two weeks Skills training program of Bukwasho Community Club members comprising 9 women and a man from Tumvwanganai ward in Hand Knitting, Sewing and Doormat Making.
At the same time, another group comprising 10 women from Lusekelo Women Club in Kimasala Ward is being trained for a month in Knitting using a Knitting Machine donated by a UK based Christian organisation known as Tools With A Mission (TWAM) which aims at provision of various equipment and material that will aid the vulnerable in various parts of the world improve their livelihood.
Solwezi Municipal Council Director of Housing and Social Services Evelyn Phiri has encouraged women to fully apply themselves during the trainings as the skills that will be acquired will improve their living standards and enable them start their own businesses; eventually becoming self reliant.
Ms Phiri has pointed out that entrepreneurial expertise are cardinal especially amidst the pandemic where employment opportunities have reduced.
She is also confident that the know how acquired will result in having quality entrepreneurs who will be relevant to the current and emerging employment needs in Solwezi and the nation at large.
The Director has reaffirmed Council’s commitment to training community members in Solwezi regardless of the gender; in various skills intended to ensure that they are self-reliant and able to improve their living standards.
The Local Authority working together with various partners such as Tools with A Mission (TWAM) has been supporting Cooperatives and Community Clubs in Solwezi district.
Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.