ENGAGE is a project that integrate hospitality to women economic empowerment and youth employment opportunities. The project addresses the social economic status of women and youths to move them away from handouts to sustainability.
ENGAGE is a project implemented to bridge up the widening gaps of unemployment and poverty at household level.
Copperbelt Province where TEEZ office is has recently experienced loss of employment by both young people and adults as a result of the liquidation of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), retrenchment of miners at Chambishi Mines and Metals and the expected redundancies at Mopani Copper Mines (MCM). All these have a negative effect on the livelihood and household economies of most families.
Considering that about 60% of Zambia’s 17 million people are young people, ENGAGE Project is the best solution to youths’ unemployment, school dropouts and child marriages. Therefore, ENGAGE is a project that will provide the following benefits to women and youths:
ENGAGE project will give jobs and internship to youths studying hospitality management training at the YMCA Skills Center in Kitwe.
ENGAGE project will use 20% of the incomes from its Providence TEEZ Lodge Investment annual turnover of its net profit to run a microcredit fund through the TEEZ’s Financing Appropriate Innovation through Household’s (FAITH) Women Village Savings and Credit Groups.
We will also use the funds from the 20% dividends on the business for the Livelihood Integration for Empowerment (LIFE) Gender Equality Project where beneficiaries of the FAITH Savings and Lending Groups will receive trainings to improve their small scale and medium enterprise and businesses.