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Enterprises: Small-scale traders need support

Business - Zanzibar Government is failing to satisfactorily support and encourage young female entrepreneurs in the Islands says some members of the House of Representatives. Ms Mwanajuma Faki Mdachi (Women) has called upon authorities to create a friendlier environment that will support women and youths in their business pursuits.

Ms Shadya Mohammed Suleiman (women) and Ms Panya Ali Abdulla (women) also asked the government to extend soft loans to young entrepreneurs and assist them in terms of capacity building.

The members of the House also advised the government to support Zanzibar's entrepreneurs participate in trade fairs in the East African region.

Responding to the backbenchers' concerns, the Minister for Social Welfare, Economic Empowerment, Youths, Children, and Women's Development, Ms Zainab Omar Mohammed, said that her office has been supporting women's groups on Unguja and Pemba Islands.

"We support women and youths in villages. The wives of leaders: Friday Lady Mwanamwema, and Asha Seif Ali have been supporting women entrepreneurs' groups. Recently they gave out over 4m/- to women's groups," said Zainab.

By Issa Yussuf

Tanzania Daily News/29/01/2014