Zimbabwe’s youth bank, Empower Bank is inviting youths below the age of 35 to a coaching session on how to write winning project proposals.
Empower Bank was formed with the purpose of providing social and financial solutions to the financially excluded population especially youths.
It offers loans to youth-led businesses as a way of empowering them to enter the mainstream economy.
The bank has set meetings with youths in Hwange and Victoria Falls on Wednesday and Thursday next week to receive project proposals and also coach youths on how to write proposals that can attract investors.
This comes as youths in Matabeleland North have complained over the years about marginalization claiming they are overlooked and underrated in national empowerment programmes.
The Victoria Falls meeting will be at Mosi-oa-Tunya High School on Thursday.
“The youth Empower Bank is sending a team that is coming to Victoria Falls to meet youths below the age of 35 at Mosi-oa-Tunya. Youths with project proposals and those who have projects and want to apply for funding should all come for the meeting,” read a notice from the financial institution.
Hwange Indigenous Business Association Apex (HIBAA) secretary Mr Elia Mutale said this is a rare opportunity for local youths to be empowered.
HIBBA is an apex body for all indigenous business associations in Hwange district covering Hwange and Victoria Falls towns as well as all surrounding rural areas.
“This is an opportunity which all youths should embrace. Over the years we have been sidelined in tenders because our youths do not have companies, this is an opportunity to get funding and grow businesses that can compete for tenders,” he told Indaba.
Some of the empowerment opportunities in Victoria Falls include projects in tourism, wildlife, conservation and environment. Nhau/Indaba