100 villagers empowered with entrepreneurial skills

20Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
MEATU
The Guardian
100 villagers empowered with entrepreneurial skills

NEARLY 100 villagers from six villages surrounding Maswa Game Reserve, Mwaiba Wildlife Ranch and Makao Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Meatu District have been empowered with entrepreneurial skills in  efforts to make them sustainable  and exploit the natural resources.

Meatu District Commissioner, Dr Joseph Chilongani inspects honey processing machine donated by Friedkin Conservation Fund Ltd (FCFL) before handing over to the District Community Development Officer, Mwanamshana Nassoro (R). Looking on is the fund’s Community Development Manager, Nana Woodley. Photo: Guardian Correspondent.

The training was organised by the charity trust—Friedkin Conservation Fund Ltd (FCFL)  the villagers were trained on good beekeeping practices as well as in savings and credit accessing skills.

 

Apart from the training also provided them with 55m/- worth working gear, including beehives, honey processing plants and welding machines.

 

“I thank you our development partnersyou’re your contribution to this community,” Dr Joseph Chilongani, the Meatu District Commissioner, said shortly after handing over the equipment, as he urged the villagers to make good use of the support.

 

 Dr Chilongani said the entrepreneurial education and equipment would give the villagers opportunity for utilising natural resources surrounding them to improve their living standards without compromising the godsend.   

 

 “I know it is not your first time to support the community and that you will continue assisting them to meet their various essential needs,” he told the FCFL delegation.

 

Some of the beneficiaries of the 6m/- welding machine, Magese Donald, and Koyo Ndimila, who are members of Nyati youth group at Mwamhongo village, Mwasengela Ward, said they would use the equipment for making various materials in a bid to generate incomes and fight deforestation.

 

 

Ndimila said they would apply skills they acquired to make building materials and furniture such as windows, doors, chairs and beds using iron bars and in so doing saving forests in water catchment areas and the environment at large.

 

The FCFL community development officer, Alfred Mwakivike, said wildlife had  been encroached on and destroying farms in 20 villages surroundings causing a big loss to the residents.

 

FCFL had to donate 53 beehives and put up a fence surrounding the farm belonging to one Sayi Luchagula to prevent wildlife particularly elephants, from encroaching on it and on those of his neighbours.

 

“We would like to see farmers continue with their activities productively and to consider wildlife as part of their lives  and that of the nation as well,” said Mwakivike, adding:

 

“We have imparted on them skills on good application of the beehives and on how to prevent elephants from encroaching on their farms, they are now happy, it seems.”

 

Villages, which have benefited from the FCFL community development support in the form of beehives, entrepreneurial skills, formal education and water schemes, are Matale, Sapa, Makao, Mwamhongo, Mwabutulago and Mwanhuzi.