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UNIDO to open demonstration bakeries at IDPs

By Mandela Nelson Denis

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is set to open two demonstration units for bakeries in Juba to empower the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and their host communities.

The demonstration units will be opened in Kassava Village south of St Theresa Parish in Kator and Mangaten in New site next month.

Several women and men in IDPs’ camp have been trained in different skills such as Chappati, mandazi, bread as well as cakes making beside other technical work.

John Kur, the Project associate of UNIDO said the demonstration Units shall include built oven to help those who have acquired the knowledge to train others.

“We have trained over 50 IDPs in different micro-businesses and we hope to expand to 250, as the educated ones will share their skills with others,” Kur said.

Anne Mbaabu, an International food expert said the aim of the demonstration units was to allow the trained IPDs to showcase their skills amongst themselves.

“The demonstration units shall be situated in a place where all the trained women and men who have got various skills will learn from each other,” she said.

Mbaabu added that the Units will also act as a market for their products such as bread, sponge cakes and mandazi.

She stressed that anybody who is interested in the training is welcome at the demonstration units to attain skills in self-sustainability.

Mr. Takonobu Nakahara, a representative from the Japanese Embassy in South Sudan said the government of Japan will continue to support the trained personnel to be economically empowered.

“We shall continue to support South Sudan to attain the minimum goal of self-sustainability through UNIDO the implementer of the projects,” he said.

Mr. Nakahara added that the country has great potential to sustain its self once it is supported in capacity building and he encouraged those who acquired the skills to use them for self-empowerment.

 

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