——-Southern province Youth Development Coordinator Vincent Sitali says the youth development fund under the ministry of youth and sport is for every Zambian and not for selected individuals.
Mr. Sitali says the YDF does not belong to a certain class of people but for all youths in the country.
“The youth development fund loan is open to all youth, youth groups, youth cooperatives and youth enterprises meeting the criteria as set out in the guidelines, it is envisioned that the fund will contribute to employment creation through enterprise development by the youth, thereby contributing to the reduction of unemployment and underemployment among the youth ,” he said.
Mr. Stali said this during a training workshop for youths in Zimba District yesterday.
“Government has money to empower you the youths and the Ministry of Youth and Sport has that mandate to empower you.
“ Since 2011 Zimba has always been left out and this time we don’t want Zimba to remain, can you form groups and apply for these funds, they are meant for you, ” he said.
And Zimba District Community Development Officer Ndalama Chanda has thanked the ministry of youth and sport for training youths in the country on how to access the YDF.
Mr.Chanda said that there has been misunderstandings and lack of communication on the program and that it is good that the ministry is now moving district by district to sensitize the youths on the development fund.