Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) and Kurya Ndiko Uku (KNU), a Community Based Organization in Mzimba district, have established a partnership to run a bursary programme to train 60 women in seven districts of the northern region of Malawi

The beneficiaries of this programme will undergo bakery and business development training.

The aim of the programme is to provide skills and knowledge to enable vulnerable individuals to become financially independent and socially empowered and also provide core life skills to enable trainees to start their own businesses.

Some of the skills expected to be acquired by the beneficiaries are; baking and decorating products, packaging products, setting up a bakery, storing products and cleaning a bakery room.

The Executive Director of KNU Lexah Harrison says she is very excited with the project.

“We believe that this project will have a big impact in the northern region and as KNU, we will do our best to ensure that the project is successful,” she says.

Harrison says the main aim of the training is to ensure that the beneficiaries are self- reliant.

According to Harrison, after training the beneficiaries, KNU will do an assessment to appreciate the impact of the project.

Gender and Education Specialist for Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) Jean Munro says the aim of the project is to ensure that young ladies are financially independent.

“Our aim is to ensure that all the beneficiaries are leaders in bakery,” says Munro.

The official launch is expected to take place on 8th May, 2019 in Mzimba.