Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

24 June 2014

Tanzania: Embrace Business Opportunities, Women Entrepreneurs Urged

WOMEN entrepreneurs were on Monday challenged to embrace problems they are facing as business opportunities instead of complaining.

The IPP Executive Chairman, Reginald Mengi, while launching a three-day training for empowerment of women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, asked women to seriously engage themselves in different activities if they have to effectively fight poverty and diseases in the country. Equal Opportunity for All Trust Fund (EOTF) has organised the training for the women.

"Do not allow anyone to discourage you that you cannot do anything; everyone should regard themselves as number one," said Mr Mengi, adding that women should make sure that they are confident in everything they are doing, by believing that they can and it will change their lives and become better.

"You should make sure that you have eyes and thoughts of opportunities as an entrepreneur," he implored. However, an intelligent person is someone who knows the little he knows and learns. Once you go somewhere avoid knowing everything but rather try to learn.

"Avoid being the people who pretend to brag over nothing but also share the little knowledge that you have," asserted Mengi. He, however, said that you should make sure you have a big dream but start small because once you have a small dream you will end up getting small.

Mama Anna Mkapa, the Chairperson of EOTF, said that the training has been prepared to equip women with more knowledge so that they reach the highest stage in entrepreneurship.

"This partnership and philanthropy should be a challenge and a call for the state, private sector, international organisations, civil and religious institutions to join us in this responsibility of saving our women from poverty, disease and ignorance," said Mama Mkapa.

Above that she extended her gratitude to IPP, Tanzania National Park, Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Arusha-based A-Z, Quality Group, Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), TanTrade, TAYOA, CCBRT, Breast Cancer Foundation and NMB for agreeing to equip the women with knowledge through presentations and sponsorship.

"The nature of topics which will be presented will enlighten them with entrepreneurship skills for which most of the women do not have," she said. Mama Mkama said that the trainings aim to meet the demand of most of the women in the isles and mainland of Tanzania.

"In 16 years, EOTF has helped more than 66,800 women who have acquired entrepreneurship skills and 54,000 have been able to participate in different trade exhibitions in and outside the country. Mama Maria Nyerere said since the programme begun, the response has turned out high every year that goes by.

"Development is not only brought by money but through a cooperation that will act as a catalyst of development by exchanging different views.

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