HACT supports young entrepreneurs

2019-01-15 06:01

OVER the past two months, 30 unemployed youth embarked on a new entrepreneurial adventure under the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact), with the support of the Sage Foundation, to launch the Impilo Entsha project .

Impilo Entsha, loosely translated to “A New Life”, is a project that sees youth aged 18-25 taught how to make drinking glasses and vases out of used bottles.

HACT’s Woza Moya Executive Manager Paula Thomson explained that the keen young entrepreneurs have learnt how to make drinking glasses and vases out of used beer and wine bottles that they are now selling and/or hiring to local churches and restaurants to earn an income.

“To help them succeed in their new enterprises, the project also included a four-day Basic Business Skills workshop, as well as a one day Health Education workshop which covered HIV/AIDS, TB, STI’s, sexual and reproductive health and other issues relevant to local youth,” she said.

In conclusion, Thomson said these youngsters have really impressed them with their enthusiasm and determination to succeed.

“Several have already started selling their glasses and have orders to supply local restaurants,” said the executive manager.

She encouraged others to follow their dreams and never let circumstance get them down.

“We all have skills which can be developed, let us strive for success,” she said.

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