Area 50 Water Users Association (WUA) in Lilongwe says it will start engaging youths in water selling business as one way of helping them to be financially independent.
In an interview, the association’s board chairperson Senior Chief Chitukula said they noted that many youths were idle.
“Many youths from the area have nothing to do, as a result, they engage in risky behaviour such us vandalism and theft of water equipment, including meters and pipes,” he said.
The chief said employing the youth will stop them from vandalising and stealing the water equipment as well as help them to earn an income.
Chitukula said Area 50 WUA owns over 120 water kiosks and they are planning to establish additional kiosks to employ more youths.
National Youth Council of Malawi spokesperson Yvonne Sundu commended Area 50 WUA for its plans.
She said: “We are pleased that different organisations and associations are introducing initiatives to empower the youth.
“We commend Area 50 WUA’s initiative as it will address unemployment among the youth.”