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Female entrepreneur brings smile to fellow S. Sudanese

By Mandela Nelson Denis

Walking into MTV (Mith-Tik Vision) Computer Training Centre at Hai-Thora suburb, Juba Monitor met with a young South Sudanese female entrepreneur, Elizabeth Athieng Mayuot, who is in her late twenties, and refused to be called boss, as she described herself as a concerned citizen who is doing her part to contribute to nation building.

The computer centre is named “Mith-Tik Vision”, originally from a Dinka word meaning “vision of the siblings.”

Ms. Elizabeth, who offers free English language courses to well-wishers at her computer centre, said since 2014, the year she started her business with about twenty computers, she has been injecting her own savings to keep the centre running.

“I started this computer centre because I feel my people need education more than anything and the fact that God has blessed me, I am sharing with them what I have. There is no money in business as per now, but I am hopeful that things will change and once it does, then maybe we would make some money. But for now, I am helping my people” Ms. Elizabeth said.

Some students at the centre whom Juba Monitor spoke described Ms. Elizabeth as a clean hearted person, though they spoke on anyomity.

“This centre is the cheapest for some of us, who don’t have enough money. We are getting knowledge almost for free. What we are paying is basically to keep the place running,” said one of the students who is attending a computer course.

Martin Machaz who works as a teacher at the centre, said majority  of South Sudanese lack computer skills and appreciated Elizabeth for sacrificing to help her people by setting up the computer centre that employees five fulltime workers, two teachers and three supporting staff.

Even with difficulties of fuel crisis that is affecting the entire country, Elizabeth said that she is determined to keep the computer centre running so that people can get the kind of education they need at all cost.

“We buy fuel from the black market; look at the jerrycans at the corner (Elizabeth while pointing at empty jerrycans of fuel) at times I have to get my own saved money to keep the centre running, because the students have to study,” Elizabeth told the Juba Monitor.

Ms. Elizabeth said she is one of the South Sudanese youth who have hoped to be job creators rather than job seekers, as she revealed that she left her accountancy job in one of the banks in the country in order to create something that will employee not only herself, but other young people as well.

The young entrepreneur lastly advised South Sudanese youth to emulate the feeling that there is need for supporting each other in order to move the country forward.

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