Over 500 youths have benefited from Hopley livelihoods project, spearheaded by the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in conjunction with the Hopley SMEs association.

The marketing expo held at Hopley farm attracted a huge number of youths who showcased their different products.

The products ranged from different trades including technical skills, carpentry, dress making, motor mechanics and electrical installation.

Speaking to ZBC News on the sidelines of the expo, guest of honour and an economist in the Ministry of SMEs, Ms Theresa Chigwere said the project is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship among the youths so that they become self sustained.

“The project is called a livelihood project so that the youths can make a living through the use of their technical skills. The project is targeting youths aged between 18 and 35 and these youths are trained to fine tune their products. Some of the beneficiaries indicated that the project has transformed their lives,” said Ms Chigwere.

The youths said their engagement in various trades has brought a new lease of life for them and encouraged other youths to join .

“We are managing to send our children to school and put food for our families on the table. We really look forward to grow in this business,” they said.

The project is funded by American Friends and Silveira House and is on a voluntary basis.