Vodacom launches landmark initiative
VODACOM Lesotho’s Women Empowerment Programme (WEP) on Monday launched its maiden mWomen Entrepreneurship Project at the Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) centre in Maseru.
The Women Entrepreneurship Project was established in 2014 and seeks to empower women working in cooperatives.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Specialist in Enterprise Sales and chairperson of mWomen Entrepreneurship Project, Ms Mpho Mosotho, said the initiative would see the telecommunications giant providing 10 Vodacom containers to existing businesses.
“We are only going to be considering applications from women working in groups and not individuals. We would want to instil the spirit working together among our communities,” Ms Mosotho said.
She further highlighted prospective beneficiaries should consist of membership of between five and 10. Aspiring groups are also required to provide evidence of personal identification of society members, society registration and physical address, Ms Mosotho added.
“Societies interested in applying, can register using a letter from the area chief confirming the existence of the organisation,” said Ms Mosotho
However, applicants should be in a position to afford a minimum of M25 000 to be channelled towards handsets, airtime, M-Pesa and SIM cards before they can reap the benefits of the project.
“When the application process is over, successful groups will then be afforded business skills, training courses, financial services and connecting with business peers for successful businesses,” she said.
Ms Mosotho said the collection and submission of application forms for the first 10 containers, which began on Monday, end on the first of next month and forms are available at Vodacom outlets throughout the country.