Empowerment loans benefit 78 youths in Ikungu district

07Apr 2020
The Guardian
Empowerment loans benefit 78 youths in Ikungu district

​​​​​​​IKUNGU district in Singida region has started to empower youth with capital loans to establish businesses whereby 78 beneficiaries had received a total of 127m/- this financial year.

The district is also planning to provide loans totaling 150m/- in the coming financial year, according to the district executive director, Justine Kijazi.

The beneficiaries include youth groups engaging in bricks making, manufacturing of packaging materials and production of alternative carrier bags. The groups are New Bright Future and Jitume Vijana which have 10 members each.

Speaking during her tour at the New Bright Future groupd recently, Singida regional commissioner, Dr Rehema Nchimbi urged youth to properly use the 25m/- loan in order to repay the monies. She urged the group to manufacture quality bags to secure markets countrywide. The regional commissioner also visited the Jitume Vijana group engaging on bricks making and packaging materials.

She commended the district for coming up with good arrangements for issuance of loans to youth and other groups. She urged authorities to closely monitor operations of the groups and help them secure markets for their products.

“You should assist the youth to access markets outside our region, they need to massively sell their products to be able to repay the loans”, said Dr Nchimbi insisting timely repayments of the loans will benefit other youth who had already applied for loans.

The office of the regional commissioner provided 1m/- while Ikungi district provided 5m/- to support the New Bright Future group which is currently facing challenges to import raw materials for manufacturing of the carrier bags.

She however insisted that Singida region is taking all precaution measures against the spreading covi-19 which include  avoiding of gatherings.

While at the Kideka sweet potatoes market at Nkunikana village, the RC urged business people to adhere to covid-19 prevention measures and make sure they wash their hands regularly with soap and running tape water or sanitizers.

“We are discouraging gatherings, but you should continue working and going to farms so that we produce enough for food and businesses”, said Dr Nchimbi.

Secretary of The New Bright Future group, Peter Mwacha thanks the government for the loan insisting to support President John Magufuli’s efforts towards changing Tanzania into an industrialised nation by 2025.

Ikungi district commissioner, Edward Mpogolo said that awareness campaigns on covid-19 are currently conducted at various places. He said since the district is located at the centre of the country, it was important for the residents to be well informed on the pandemic because it receives a big number of visitors every day.