TANZANIA -Coca-Cola Kwanza Ltd, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has collaborated with Oryx Gas Tanzania and the Institute of Social Work (ISW) to empower 480 women entrepreneurs in the region by offering invaluable business support.

The initiative, which is a part of the “Mwanamke Shujaa” campaign, meaning “A Brave Woman,” has provided these enterprising women with essential tools, knowledge, and resources to enhance their businesses.

As part of this empowering endeavour, the women entrepreneurs were generously equipped with cooking equipment, clothing items, and the opportunity to participate in workshops aimed at bolstering their business and entrepreneurial skills.

The training sessions concentrated on crucial areas such as bookkeeping, customer care, stress management, and capital growth.

The official handover ceremony for this initiative unfolded at the Usagara Secondary School over the weekend, graced by the presence of Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Tanga Constituency.

Each of the 480 women received a comprehensive kit, including a 15kg gas cylinder, a two-plate gas cooker, an apron, a cooking table, and a crate of Coca-Cola beverages.

The substantial effort has expanded the reach of the Mwanamke Shujaa campaign, benefiting a total of 843 women this year. It underscored Coca-Cola Kwanza Ltd’s steadfast commitment to economically empower women.

“’This initiative will not only improve the efficiency of food vendors but also align with the government’s vision of promoting clean energy usage, which is an essential step towards sustainability and environmental preservation,” Hon. Ummy Mwalimu said.

 “I deeply appreciate Coca-Cola Kwanza Ltd and Oryx Gas Tanzania for their timely support.”

Salum Nassor, the Director of Public Affairs, Communications, and Sustainability at Coca-Cola Kwanza, reiterated the company’s dedication to creating shared opportunities for both businesses and the communities they serve.

He emphasized that the company’s growth strategy revolves around fostering inclusive growth opportunities for communities, particularly women, youth, and individuals with disabilities.

Mr. Shaban Fundi, the Head of Retail Sales at Oryx Gas, expressed his company’s unwavering commitment to collaborating with Coca-Cola Kwanza Ltd on this noble cause.

He emphasized Oryx Gas’s broader mission, which encompasses supporting enterprises and society, boosting the national economy, promoting increased gas usage, and preserving the environment.

This collaborative effort by Coca-Cola Kwanza Ltd, Oryx Gas Tanzania, and the Institute of Social Work marked a significant step towards enhancing the economic empowerment of women in the Tanga region.

Through this initiative, these women entrepreneurs seek not only to receive tangible resources but also to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in their businesses, contributing to the growth and sustainability of their communities.

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