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Bhekulwandle community empowered with valuable skills

A group of students from the Bhekulwandle community benefited from gaining valuable entrepreneurial skills through Seed of Hope's Business-in-a-Box Programme.

ANOTHER group of young people has been equipped with skills at Bhekulwandle’s Seed of Hope, which they can use to improve their lives, families and communities.

The recent group of 20 students attended a Business-in-a-Box Programme which was designed to teach them entrepreneurial skills that include stocking, pricing and selling. Seed of Hope’s skills coordinator, Wandile Nxumalo, said the programme was presented by the Domino Foundation, and the trainees received certificates and free toiletries to sell after completing the course.

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“They get to use the selling skills they learnt, and the money they get after selling is theirs, and they can order more stock to sell. This programme has been a blessing as it empowers young people. We pray and hope it continues,” said Wandile.

In April, another group graduated after completing courses in basic computer skills, baking and sewing, which are facilitated by Seed of Hope, and carpentry. Wandile said that for carpentry, they partnered with another organisation, which provided a facilitator and used Seed of Hope’s premises to train 20 students who were also receiving a stipend for the duration of the programme. She said that one young man who was part of the baking class would take the scones he was baking during practical training and sell them in Lovu Township where he stays.

“He saved the money he was making, bought an oven and is now baking and selling to his community. This has a lot of impact because it shows that even a male person can make a living by baking. It also shows that anyone can learn a skill and use their hands to make a living since jobs are scarce,” she said.

The courses are popular in the community – there is even a waiting list of people who want to participate. Wandile said it has been a blessing working with the organisations that have taught the community skills.



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