Hundreds of retail shops to benefit from TechnoServe program

17Nov 2020
Francis Kajubi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Hundreds of retail shops to benefit from TechnoServe program

​​​​​​​AN entrepreneurship training program being undertaken by TechnoServe Tanzania is targeting to involve at least 500 retail business owners in the third  phase starting this year.

PAYED Tanzania program manager, Tunsime Kyando talking to retail shop owners and government officials recently in Dar es Salaam.

The training program which seeks to equip business owners and manager with business basic management skills to help them rejuvenate following disruption by the coronavirus pandemic, will focus on enabling young entrepreneurs increase their sales to grow their shops.

Pan African Youth Entrepreneur Development Program Manager, Tunsime Kyando said in Dar es Salaam last week that the training has already witnessed 356 individuals graduating from the training last year. Kyando said unemployment among young people has forced them to start retail shops hence the need for entrepreneur and life skills for self-employment.

“We started receiving applications from retail shop owners who are interested in the program since earlier last month with the scheduled deadline for applications being December this year,” she said.

She pointed out that phase three of the program also will focus on educating new and old retail business owners in Dar es Salaam on how their businesses can bounce back after the pandemic’s strike.

“The training will also focus on enabling young entrepreneurs increase their sales volumes by 30 percent and adopt best business practices by 75 percent,” Kyando added while noting that in order to enroll, interested retail business owners or managers should apply before the deadline.

“We have decided to dedicate the training that are scheduled to commence next January to new and small existing businesses that were badly hit by the COVID-19 outbreak,” the PAYED Program Manager noted.

She asserted that TechnoServe Tanzania aims at increasing adoption of best shop management practices among retail owners by 60 percent in the next two years through the PAYED program which is funded by CITI Foundation.

Kyando blamed some 418 youths who abandoned the previous training program this year for opting out because they had expected to be given money for capital. “At least 51 percent of shop owners received training collectively in class sessions while 49 percent were trained individually by visiting them at their work places,” she noted.

The graduates were also introduced to regulatory bodies such as Tanzania Revenue Authority, Tanzania Drugs and Medical Devices Authority, Weights and Measures Agency and manufacturers cum suppliers for their easy access in future while undertaking formalization of their businesses. PAYED in Tanzania has so far trained over 945 youth retail business owners, managers or their employees during phases one and two of the program.

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