EMPLOYERS and employment facilities in Tanzania have been encouraged to open doors for women-especially entrepreneurs to do part time jobs as it will allow them to be more productive in contributing to national economic growth.
The challenge was given by DHL Express Managing Director for Tanzania, Blaise De Souza, when officiating the second phase of the Annual Tanzania Women of Determination Award event which took place in Dar es Salaam at the weekend.
Mr De Souza said that part-time jobs suit women better than men, adding that for women who are doing business, it would give them opportunity not only to support their business' growth, but also to balance between family and career growth. "I have noted that many people in Tanzania are not going for part time jobs.
I am sure that this arrangement will best suit women who are also in business. Part time jobs help when business cycles are up and down. For any entrepreneur, you should also know your competitor. It helps to take your business to another level", said Mr De Souza.
He continued: "I want to tell women of determination that a dream you dream alone is just a dream but a dream you dream together will get you to reality. Business is like running a marathon, each time you need endurance and most of all you need determination".
In order to run a business successfully, Mr De Souza emphasized to be keen with numbers. To know and understand the cash flow and the balance sheet. Secondly, you need to be part of a group or network, such as the Women of Determination Awards, so as to exchange ideas and receive advice on how to handle your business.
"Tanzanians must learn how to run a business not a charity. You need to look after your good employees and you need to discipline the people who may pull your business down," said Mr De Souza.
This year's Women of Determination Awards event saw women in 10 different sectors, namely Education, Law, Medicine, Agribusiness, Transport and Mechanics, Modelling and Art, Agriculture, Mining, Tourism and Business, being recognized for their courage in bringing change in their areas.