Thandi Mtwetwa brought her knowledge in entrepreneurhsip and shared it with eager young ladies in Lilongwe....
The Girl's Entrepreneurship Training Program came to shake the lives of 40 Malawian girls from all across Lilongwe. Led by Thandi Mtwetwa, girls ranging from fourteen to early thirties were inspired by her talks on how to do business and make ideas a reality. Talks on how to build ideas, what business models to execute and how to ground executions were given. Girls came up with and shared their ideas with others and received constructive criticism on how to go about developing their ideas. The program fell on two days being the 28th and 29th of July and was divided into four sessions. The hub truly was warmed up by the presence of young girls, all proactive in changing their lives but most importantly, Malawi.
On the 28th, the girls were given an activity to create a bathtub, that was environmentally friendly. They were divided into 5 groups. The first group created a mobile bath which could be used at weddings, offices and other events. The second group presented a comfortable bath which is suitable for people with disabilities as it allowed one to make use of a hand shower and allowed for suitable seating. The third group designed an oval tub particularly for elderly people as it had steps and ease for a sitting position. The fourth group presented a sophisticated bathtub for people who have what was termed 'big bodies'. The fifth group presented a kids timer shower that reduces water wastage through a tap timer.
On the 29th, and what was unfortunately the last day, the girls were given another activity to create new products or services that solved a problem. The activity involved containing the problem, solving the problem, finding who it targeted and creating an idea that was desirable, feasible, viable and design thinking. After creating several services, their ideas were arranged in various categories to determine the power of the idea. Spaced our category, blue sky category and grounded category were the different means by which the ideas were judged. Spaced out meant that ideas were either unachievable for the time being, illegal or cost prohibitive. Blue sky category meant that ideas could make a difference and be wasily implemented whilst grounded meant the ideas could possibly already exist.
A warm salute is given to Thandi for joining us at our office to empower girls but an even firmer salute is given to all the girls who attended with the one ti on to learn and develop their communities. Thandi has 11 years experience from lecturing at the University of West of Scotland covering modules in Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. That's why she was able to share the knowledge she has gained over the years.