BRAC provides entrepreneurship equipment to 270 girls

BRAC Tanzania has handed over various equipment for entrepreneurship activities to 270 girls that would enable them to become self-employed.

Brac Maendeleo Tanzania is implementing an empowerment project for girls called GOAL, a project funded by Standard Chartered Bank. The equipment is worth 100m that was given on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam.

Speaking during the handover on behalf of the BRAC Tanzania Director Ms Susan Bipa, the BRAC Maendeleo Tanzania Senior Manager, Fundraising and Resource Acquisition, Mr Shukuru Musabila said that they provided the equipment to enable young people to start a business after completing three-month entrepreneurship training.

“We have provided 270 girls with equipment to enable them to start a business, including sewing machines, decoration equipment, cake making equipment, and as well as clothes for business,” he said.

He added, “It is not enough just to give them money, we want to see that they have taken action to be able to stand on their own,” said Musabila.

He said the programme targeted girls who missed the opportunity to go to secondary schools, technical colleges and those who are outside the system

Mr Musabila said BRAC will continue to support the government’s efforts to empower young people to become self-employed and employ others.

On her part, the GOAL Project Manager, Ms Upendo Nyalyoto said through the equipment young people will be able to get rid of poverty and be able to be independent while helping their families and the nation as a whole.

“We have handed over 22 sewing machines, 16 sets of kitchen utensils, 36 sets of decoration equipment, five  cake baking equipment, and others to 270 girls who attended training in various skills including cooking, sewing, deco  and other fields as well as entrepreneurship and

finance record keeping,” said Nyalyoto.

She said that the empowerment has been done under the sponsorship of Standard Chartered bank through Women Win and implemented in 12 clubs of girls located in Ilala district, Dar es Salaam Region.

BRAC Tanzania has reached more than four million people in 73 districts within 23 regions through various development and economic programmes including the provision of slight loans to entrepreneurs and development programmes such as agriculture, food security, education, empowerment and life for young people in the knowledge of reproductive health.

She said BRAC Tanzania aims to reduce poverty and empower poor people so that they can empower themselves in life.

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