Partnership between Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO and Maluti Mounatin Brewery goes from strength to strength through STEP and Kick Start Projects
April 6, 2017
At the invitation of the Maluti Mountain Brewery (MMB), the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO (LNCU) witnessed the Kick-Start Entrepreneurship Project Awarding Ceremony which was held on March 31st, 2017. Project Kick-Start is a MMB’s flagship Corporate Social Investment Programme that is aimed at supporting young people to have good business ideas with grant funding to start or improve their businesses.
Although the programme is a brain child of MMB in Lesotho, it is also run in cooperation with the LNCU where the former fully support the programme in terms of logistics and grants, while the latter provides an entrepreneurial training best known as the Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP) to the trainees. Since the commencement of the partnership in 2015, about 110 youth have received the STEP training. In this years’ third round of Kick Start Project, seven youth businesses received grants ranging between M50.000 and M90.000.
Participants of the kickstart project during the awarding ceremony
The profound partnership between LNCU and the MMB Kickstart Project was hailed by many speakers during the ceremony. In his own remarks, the MMB Managing Director Mr. Tom Mpedi said: “We remain humbled by the interest of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on our Project, which has developed into a solid partnership where they provide training on entrepreneurship for our candidates through their Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion Program also known as STEP. The feedback on STEP from trainees is very positive.”
He went further to say: “I take this moment to thank UNESCO for the partnership through STEP training, and hope our partnership can grow beyond Kickstart on other Social Development programs”.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister for Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation, Honourable Mr. Mathibeli Mokhothu, Mr. Majakathata Mokoena underscored that youth empowerment is a critical concern for the government of Lesotho.
He added, that “I am also comforted by the fact that Kickstart Project provides training on entrepreneurship, which has been offered in partnership with UNESCO. I am convinced that you are now equipped with the necessary skills to run your businesses. I would like to take this opportunity to thank UNESCO for the partnership they have struck with MMB. As Government, we want to see more of such meaningful partnerships.”
LNCU Secretary General Ms. Palesa Montši on her part congratulated all the candidates stressing that they were all winners. “As I take a glance at you, I see winners, and nothing else but winners. I therefore wish to congratulate all of you for committing time and energy to this important programme offered freely by Maluti Mountain Brewery. I once again want to believe that through entrepreneurial training you received, you will be able to be dynamic, productive, and skilled to drive Lesotho to the desirable economic growth and development,” Ms. Montši said.
The next entrepreneurial training is scheduled before the end of 2017.