SMEDI Regional Manager for the Southern Region, Mrs. Lucy Limbe, has challenged entrepreneurs around TA Chamba, in Machinga to be productive, to enjoy more support from government and other sector stakeholders. She made the remarks during the closing ceremony of an entrepreneurship and business management training that was held in the area from the 25th to 29th January, 2021.
“SMEDI and government are eager to come with various interventions aimed at promoting your enterprises. Today, we brought you this training. For us to bring more interventions is when we see you put to practice the skills and knowledge imparted to you” said Mrs. Limbe. She further challenged the participants’ to use the knowledge and be able to grow their business and employ more people thereby contributing to poverty reduction efforts.
The training was held amid covid 19 restrictions which limited the attendance to a maximum of 30 participants and strict adherence to social distancing rules. Mahamoud Yusuf one of the class leaders lamented the restrictions of participants.
“We want you (regional manager) to convey our gratitude to management for organizing this training. But as you might have seen 30 participants is a too small number as this area has many more entrepreneurs that would love these kinds of trainings. We would be grateful if you returned sooner to train some more of our colleagues that have been left out in this co-hort.” Said Mr. Yusuf.
Among the 30 participants 46% were women. Training participants included agro-dealers, vendors, restaurants owners and other petty traders within the area. SMEDI new strategic plan intends to train over 10,000 entrepreneurs in the next five years.