The Ministry of Women and Youth Affairs has intensified the nationwide capacity building initiative for savings and credit co-operatives with over 100 women and youths from Matabeleland North being the latest beneficiaries under the training programme.

Government’s on-going capacity building programmes for savings and credit co-operatives is part of the broader efforts to formalise the small to medium enterprises’ businesses so as to enhance their contribution to the economy.

Women and youths from Matabeleland North Province who graced the one-day capacity building workshop held at Chinotimba Hall in Victoria Falls applauded government for the initiative and pledged to play their part in the country’s economic transformation drive.

Affirmative Action Group (AAG) Matabeleland North women’s desk provincial head Mrs Mercy Mushangwe said the empowerment lobby group will continue to complement government in ensuring that women and youths are equipped with relevant information to effectively run income generating projects.

Homelink loans officer Mrs Esabel Mharapara said the institution which has committed itself to implement the financial inclusion strategy is keen to join hands with relevant government arms in promoting financial literacy and women empowerment.

The one-day training workshop covered critical areas such as formulation of co-operatives, registration process, requirements for current financial support facilities and business management.