Sozi Bonny is a 22-year-old businessman from Lufula Zone in Bwaise II. He owns a chapati stall which he started in 2019 after dropping out of school. His business was doing fairly well before the outbreak of the COVID-19, but the lockdown restrictions greatly affected his business. He says that there was an increase in the prices of items that he uses for his businesses, and that the limited working hours greatly affected his sales and profits—evening hours were the peak for his business, but there was a curfew due to the pandemic.
He says that while running his business he lacked entrepreneurship skills, which hindered him from taking his business to the next level. But AFFCAD’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Employability Skills Plus (YEES+) project has enabled him to acquire knowledge on record keeping, which he has since used to track his expenses, profits and losses. “Initially I was not keeping track of my profits and losses, so I would just spend money without acknowledging the consequences. Keeping records has enabled me to make better plans for my business,” Sozi explains.
He is grateful for AFFCAD’s YEES+ project for empowering youths like him who never got the chance to gain entrepreneurship knowledge and skills before starting their businesses. He also thanks AFFCAD for their initiative in providing these skills because they have positively impacted his and others’ businesses.
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