6 December 2012

Zambia: L/Stone NGO to Train 1, 000 Unemployed Youths

A LIVINGSTONE-BASED non-governmental organisation will train 1, 000 unemployed youths to enable them to exploit opportunities which will arise during the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly next year.

Lead Road regional manager Mubita Nalumino said his organisation had partnered with a South African organisation known as DIL to train 1,000 jobless youths to enable them to have skills.

Mr Nalumino said in an interview in Livingstone that the first training that would be done at no cost would be held from December 10 to 15.

"We want young people to make money for themselves and hence we will be training about 1, 000 unemployed youths so that Government can use them as volunteers or ushers or even cleaners during the UNWTO general assembly," he said.

He said his organisation was giving out unsecured loans to marketeers, farmers and other traders to sustain their living.

"We've already trained some farmers in Choma and some boutique owners in Livingstone and more than K45 million has been given out to these groups.

"We also provide an entrepreneurship skills training course where we train beneficiaries in financial management, marketing, customer service, loan management, and how to write business plans," he said.

On Monday this week, Lead Road disbursed about K5 million to 10 Livingstone marketeers to expand their businesses.

Lead Road chief executive officer Abraham Harvey said the primary focus of his organisation was to make beneficiaries understand how to run business in addition to giving them loans.

"Once you receive our financial support, you have an obligation to pay back the money.

We give you training first so that you understand how to manage the finances. In business, it is very difficult to do anything if you don't have knowledge," Mr Harvey said.

Lead Road has branches in Livingstone, Choma and Sesheke.

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