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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 07:22

SDS empowering women in business

Written by  Sellaphine Banda

Lilongwe, February 06, 2019: Student Driving Solutions (SDS), a local nongovernmental organisation is geared to empower young women through the offer of business loans for them to be independent.

Speaking with Malawi News Agency (MANA) Monday, SDS country director Chisomo Mgogo Ndovi said they want to assist government by uplifting lives of young women in the country.

“We want to help government in ending poverty by giving our young girls something to do. We are training girls on how they can run businesses,” Ndovi said.

She further said the project also focuses on training the young women in sexual reproductive and health rights.

“Most of the young women are involved in bad morals when they stay idle in their homes, so we are also training them in reproductive matters in order for them not to have a lot of children,” Ndovi explained.

She added that after training the young women in business management, financial literacy and sexual reproductive health rights, they (SDS) give them loans to start business of their choice.  

“After training them in all those aspects of life and business management, we give them money so that they can start business. This will help a lot to make their life easy without depending on someone or thinking of getting married as one way of ending poverty,” Ndovi said.

One of the beneficiaries, Mercy Phiri said she had learnt a lot on how they can manage her finances and conduct business.

“We have learnt on how we can take care of our businesses and finances, which has really helped us to move into another level with our businesses,” Phiri said.

She added that apart from being groomed in business management, the beneficiaries have also learnt how to make wine, soap and manure.

“We have gained knowledge on how we can make soap, wine and manure which we can use at home and sell at the same time, that’s a plus to our already existing businesses,” Phiri said.  

SDS started in March, 2015 and has since that time trained more than 1000 young women.

Currently, the programme is implemented in Lilongwe and Zomba.

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