ZOMBO. At least 110 residents of Warr sub-county, Zombo district, comprising of young men and women have benefited from the job creation and entrepreneurship skill training for economic empowerment.
The training carried out by the Management Training and Advisory Centre-MTAC under the ministry of trade and cooperatives seeks to promote families through skills training and the eventual initiation of income-generating activities for steady income at the household level.
The 3day long training held at Warr sub-county community hall on Thursday included among others; business identification, paver and charcoal briquette making, bakery, liquid soap and jelly making, reusable sanitary pad making, financial management, and record-keeping.
Ms Gloria Omwonya, the lead trainer said they intend to change the mindset of the people to create own jobs regardless of academic levels.
"We are here to empower the people with special focus on the youth, women, and people living with disability in a bid to enable them to start something that can bring them daily income", she said.
Omwonya warned the youth against despising jobs they think do not correlate with their education level saying real education is the acquired skill you are able to exhibit to get money.
Mr John Kyober Kiberu, a trainer with MTAC urged the beneficiaries to make use of the skills they acquired to start-up family businesses because it is the only way they will be able to sell something to get daily income.
"In Europe, almost every family has something to manufacture in the backyard and it is what makes them look rich but for us in Africa, most families do not have what to sell on daily basis and it is what makes us swim in perpetual poverty", he noted.
Kiberu said the raw materials are readily available in most localities which the trainees can take advantage of to start up something of their own.
He said the trainees will be traced out in the aftermath of the training to offer them more advisory services and support in whatever enterprises they have undertaken.
Mr Charles Munguriek, the Warr sub-county chairman implored the beneficiaries to form groups to benefit from government financial support to boost their enterprises.
"I would like to direct the community development officer to help at least 3 groups from among you the beneficiaries to come up with business plans that can be funded by our local government of Warr sub-county so that you make use of the skills you acquired from this training", he said.
He called for profitable choice of enterprises and proper record-keeping in a bid to trace the profitability of chosen business ventures.
He pledged support to the beneficiaries whom he advised not to sit down on the free skills they acquired so that they develop their homes.
Ms Joan Pifua, 25, a beneficiary from Afere parish and student at Uganda College of Commerce Pakwach said she will venture into liquid soap and reusable sanitary pad making that she will sell to her fellow girls at a profit.
"I'm going to make liquid soap and reusable sanitary pads that I will sell to my fellow students at the college of commerce in Pakwach", he said.
Pifua said she intends to make good use of the skills she acquired to start a vibrant business that will give her daily income.
MTAC is a corporate body under the ministry of trade, industry and cooperatives established initially as an ILO/UNDP project in 1964 and later by an Act of Parliament in 1969.