Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) through Marriage No Child’s Play project has trained 44 girls from different clubs from Mangochi district on village savings and loans and business management.
The main objective of a three days training is to increase access to economic opportunities among vulnerable girls in the areas of Traditional Authority Namabvi and Makanjira.
Yoneco Projects Officer in Mangochi, Charles Mbewa said the trained girls will have an increased access to economic windows.
According to Mbewa, under the Marriage No Child’s Play, YONECO decided to organize the training with the aim of empowering girls from the communities of T/A Namabvi and Makanjira economically.
Mbewa said: “Through the training, the beneficiaries will desist from relying on other people such as men to source their daily needs, a development which will help preventing them from indulging in sexual activities to source their daily needs.”
Mbewa further expressed hope that the training will improve the lives of the girls as they are expected to venture into successful small scale businesses since they have been equipped with information on Village Savings and Loans and Business management.
One of the beneficiaries, Ellen Hosea, who is a member of Tiyanjane girls club from Machakwani Village in the traditional Authority Namabvi, said the training will help her and her fellow members of Tiyanjane girls club as she is going to impart the knowledge gained from the training.
During the training 28 girls from different clubs and 16 mentors have been drilled on village savings and Loans and business management.
The main objective was to increase access to economic opportunities among vulnerable girls in T/A Namabvi and Makanjira.
YONECO is among the key stake holders in the More than Brides Alliance program that ensures that young people especially girls are able to decide if and when to get married and pursue their sexual reproductive health rights in a supportive environment.
More Than Brides Alliance-Marriage No Child’s Play is a five year project, from 2016-2020, project and is being implemented in Malawi, Niger, India and Pakistan.