Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Mr Tumiso Rakgare has commended youth who have shown perseverance and commitment towards their businesses.
Minister Rakgare, who toured projects funded through the Youth Development Fund (YDF) in Maun on Saturday said he was grateful that some of the youth who had benefitted from the fund had already paid back part of the grant while their businesses were successful.
He said the idea was for the YDF beneficiaries to pay back the fund so that government could sponsor other deserving young people.
Mr Rakgare said lack of land continued to hamper some youth projects.
He, also urged youth entrepreneurs to form partnerships to support one another and pleaded with the community to support youth businesses.
One of the YDF beneficiaries, Ms Othalositse Theba said her tent hire project was inspired by tourism found in the Maun area.
Ms Theba said she had managed to pay back close to half the loan and buy a storage facility at P30 000.
Another YDF beneficiary, Ms Talitha Moutloatse of Maun Ecocraft and Food Court said her project assisted youth entrepreneurs who did not have land to operate their businesses.
As a result, she has housed different youth businesses including a modelling agency, a restaurant, and an art centre.
Ms Moutloatse, who has managed to pay back her loan in full, said she was inspired by the struggle due to lack of land when she ventured into that kind of business.
Another beneficiary, Ms Miriam Kentse of Maryone Bakery operates two bakeries and has employed eight young people.
Ms Kentse, however, said the market was saturated since she competed with imported bakery products.
She also said although she had support from Maun Botswana Meat Commission abattoir and Botswana Defence Force in Maun, she could do more with support from councils and schools.
Source : BOPA