Blantyre: Over 74 Zokonda Amai women Friday completed their four- month tailoring course thanks to Tailors Association of Malawi (TAM) and Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC).
The 74 women were awarded with certificates in tailoring at a function held at Grace Bandawe Foundation in Blantyre.
Chairlady of Zokonda Amai, Hancy Movrikana said it has always been the plan and wish of Zokonda Amai programme to empower women to be independent and self-reliant.
Movrikana said as a way of fulfilling the plan, through the programme, MBC TV approached TAM for a tailoring skill training for the women which the organization accepted to offer for free.
Women have the potential to do great things given the necessary support. As regards to the training, I am very impressed with how dedicated and hardworking these women were for the entire period of their course.
Their commitment to the training has borne them fruits, she said.
Movrikana promised that through the programme, more women would be linked to various training institutions and be trained in various disciplines.
It is pleasing and encouraging to see what we had just imagined bearing fruits. All women have the potential and we will make sure that they undergo various training and become independent, Movrikana assured.
The Zokonda Amai Chairperson hailed TAM for accepting their request and giving the women free tailoring training.
TAM President, Esther Mponya said among the objectives of the association are to impart Malawians with tailoring knowledge and skills, promote entrepreneurism and encourage women to become independent.
Mponya then described the training of Zokonda Amai women a boost to the tailoring industry and also to the social economic development of the country.
Having women in the tailoring industry will help them participate actively in the economic development of our nation. We also expect that when we have more tailors, it will be easy to support the buy Malawi Strategy that is being championed by the government, said Mponya.
Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Mary Makuya said it was very thoughtful for TAM and MBC to organize this training for women.
We expect our lives to change completely because we have acquired the necessary skills. What remains therefore is for us to buy the sewing machines which we are supposed to buy on our own and start the business, said Makuya.
Southern Region Trade Officer, Charles Chavula commended MBC and TAM for what he termed a great initiative.
We want Malawians to have their own products and be able to show-case them and sell within Malawi. As a ministry, we will work hand in hand with departments that could possibly create job opportunities for these graduates, said Chavula.
Chavula has since promised to approach organizations like Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (SMEDI) to provide loans for the graduates so they can quickly buy machines and start operating.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA