United States Ambassador David Young has urged women from Traditional Authority (T/A) Chiseka in Lilongwe District to participate in entrepreneurship and acquire vocational skills to become economically independent.
He said this on Saturday when Angathe Christian Charity organised a cultural day at Mchokera Primary School to mark the organisation’s five years of existence and helping vulnerable communities get vocational skills.
Young said women are agents of change in their communities; hence, the need toknow how to read and write as well as venture into entrepreneurship.
He also encouraged children at the school to work hard to achieve goals.
Young, however, said donors alone cannot be the only solution to support local organisationslike Angathe to champion the country’s development, emphasising the need for Malawians of goodwill to come together to help develop the country.
“If Malawians of different backgrounds put their resources together towards actualisation of community efforts, a lot of marginalised people would experience a great change,” he said.
Angathe Christian Charity executive director Rebecca Hami said through community support and other partners they have empowered 70 women with entrepreneurial and vocational skills.
She said the entrepreneurial and vocational training was a path to a better life for women.
“We wanted to impart entrepreneurial skills to women to enable them to run businesses efficiently,” said Hami.
An apprentice in tailoring, Rhoda Amon from Mlewa Village, said she expected to open her own workshop in the community.