Empowering Youth for a Brighter Future

Sunday 24 July 2022

Given 28, wanted to become a teacher. However, after completing her basic education, she could not proceed to college due to financial constraints. Without any qualifications, she could not secure a decent job. To earn a living, she resorted to doing menial jobs such as housework. However, she does not make enough money to take care of her two children as the jobs are hard to come by and they pay very little.

Thanks to The Coca-Cola Foundation's "Tomorrow is Brighter" youth empowerment project implemented by Save the Children in Beitbridge and Matobo districts, Given now has a reliable source of livelihood. She is part of a group that was trained on garment construction by a specialized trainer from Phangeni Vocational Centre, an accredited skill training centre in Zimbabwe. After completing the intensive practical training, the group was given start up kits comprising of sewing machines, sewing material and other essential sewing equipment to help them start a business.

Given undergoes garment construction practical training

Given says she sees a brighter future ahead as she is now in possession of a skill which will help her to earn a better living.

“I would like to thank The Coca-Cola Foundation and Save the Children for uplifting us. We are lucky to have received the knowledge and start-up kits for free. Most of us cannot afford to go to vocational training schools or even buy the sewing equipment we were given.”

“I plan to sew uniforms and earn a living for my family through selling them.”

“I have two children who go to school. Apart from sewing uniforms for sale so that I get money for their school fees, I will also sew school uniforms for my children.”

Under the project, 40 groups of youths consisting of 10 members each were trained by specialized trainers and given start up kits to help them start income generating projects varying from garment construction, poultry production, welding, hairdressing and beauty therapy.

The initiative aims to reduce illegal and unsafe migration of young people to other countries in search for greener pastures, diversify and enhance income for rural households and mitigate effects of COVID-19 on youth employment.