People with disabilities are disadvantaged when it comes to employment opportunities. They form a disproportionately large group among the self-employed. This sector presents people with disabilities the least barriers to entry, particularly in respect to employer discrimination.
Since self-employment offers people with disability a chance at employment, we (Endless Possibilities) developed a business skills development programme for people with disabilities in Dzivarasekwa. We conducted the training in August. As it was during lockdown, the training programme was delivered via WhatsApp. We held one session a week.
Through the training programme, we aimed to give participants the knowledge and skills required to start and run small business initiatives. Accordingly, we taught participants about the importance of a unique business proposition, competition, how to develop business strategies, managing change, and customer relations. The feedback we received from participants shows that they learnt a lot from the programme.
After the training, we managed to meet in-person and issued participants with certificates of completion to celebrate their achievements. Below are pictures from the event.
The challenge for most of them now is start up capital to kickstart their small businesses.