Botswana: Over 40 Projects Funded Under Women Empowerment Programme in Serowe

Serowe — Serowe Sub-district councilors have been informed that some women in the district were funded to run projects under the Women Economic Empowerment programme.

Presenting sub-district development committee report during council session on November 26, district officer development (DOD), Ms Itumeleng Peter said there were 43 projects under WEE programme.

She said 37 projects were operational, four non-operational whilst twelve had collapsed due to group conflicts and market challenges. She said projects consisted of 33 agriculture projects, nine manufacturing while one was for services.

Councilors were told that challenges which led to collapse of some projects was that most of the groups disintegrated due to group dynamics, failure to submit progress report and poor record keeping.

Some beneficiaries, she said were not committed to their projects, and some abandoned the projects for formal or informal employment, adding that there was failure to contact some of the beneficiaries which made monitoring difficult.

She however indicated that they tried to mitigate the problems encountered. She said there were ongoing consultations with each group to resolve conflict and establish an action plan. Further they intensified monitoring exercise and stakeholder partnership to conduct projects monitoring.

On Youth Development Fund, she stated that the sub-district had 508 projects funded since inception of the programme. 146 at Serowe West, 188 at Serowe South and 174 at Serowe North, all funded at the sum of P69 370.24 It was reported that number of operational projects was 444 while 57 collapsed.

The success rate of programme in terms of operational projects stood at 87 per cent, and 598 were employed.

Source: BOPA

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