MacDonald Boitshoko Tlhowe a beneficiary of young entrepreneur empowerment scheme sponsored by one of Botswana’s mobile network operator Mascom is optimistic to emerge a successful entrepreneur. The upbeat, 19 year old Tlhowe from Digawana in the Southern of Botswana is one of the beneficiaries, expected to grow the country’s information communication and technology (ICT) sector after receiving Mascom Kitsong centre package comprising of a branded porta-cabin, equipped with computer terminals, printers, copiers and data cards.
The scheme also provides start-up computer consumables and stationary for the cyber café business responding to the global need of transforming small villages into knowledge based economies. Speaking to Newstime Africa after being awarded as one of the ten Mascom Kitsong Centre winners for 2012, Tlhowe said the development will prop up his longtime desire to venture into business. “I have had this dream of being an entrepreneur since my childhood and have always considered job hunting a poor man’s way of thinking and looking at life,” said Tlhowe.
Tlhowe who completed his Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) in 2010 believes passion will make his dreams come true. Equipped with practical skills in business operations and information technology (IT), Tlhowe says being a good public speaker and interpersonal skills will also not fail him in the endeavours to success. “I see my ICT center as a center for excellence that will empower young people in the village to start their own small business and make a difference in their lives.”
Tlhowe’s ambition is to create a sustainable center that will employ five youths from his village, once he starts operations.
Tlhowe promises the Digawana community more creative and innovative ideas to be associated with his Kitsong Centre, as he introduces more services targeted at getting more customers.
“Wait with great expectations, more is to come,” said Tlhowe to Digawana residents.
“Tlhowe ushered praise to Mascom for affording him an opportunity and implored the company to assist and encourage more youth to venture into entrepreneurship,” he said.
Mascom has done a lot for me and this initiative will change my life and that of my family forever. It’s now up to me to make sure I make this business a success.
Over the past 14 years Mascom has sponsored 61 Kitsong Centres across the country and plans to support ten more in 2013.
This year’s 10 beneficiaries of the Mascom Kitsong Centre were drawn from the following villages Shakawe, Pilikwe, Bokaa, Pitsane, Phitshane Molopo, Chadibe, Lentsweletau, Dogawana, Hatsalatladi and Kokotsha.
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