Young people at Pilikwe village are at the fore-front of reviving the village’s ailing economy.
Once known for its enterprising inhabitants and model for self reliance under leadership of Tshekedi Khama, the village is now a shadow of its former self.
A good number of residents are living on government hand-outs while some businesses in the village have closed shop, while others are barely surviving.
However under the new leadership of Gasebalwe Seretse, the village youth has been revitalized and facing the rural problems head on.
Pilikwe Empowerment Club (PEC), an initiative by Kgosi Seretse strives to look at opportunities that can be turned into viable businesses.
“We have identified about seven boreholes which were abandoned over 40 years ago. We are looking at ways we can revive these boreholes and use them to sustain Pilikwe residents,” said Seretse in an interview.
He said through PEC, young people will be trained to become successful entrepreneurs.
“We want to revive the economy. We want this village to have economically independent youth,” he said.
Last Saturday 10 young ladies form PEC received P12 000 as start-up capital after a 20km sponsored walk supported by SPEDU.
Through their Regional Director James Mathokgwane, SPEDU plans to donate P20 000 to help these young girls start a hydroponic project.
Addressing residents at the Pilikwe kgotla, Mathokgwane reminded the beneficiaries of the SPEDU donation that they have to work hard in order to achieve their goals.
He said it is only people who keep on trying that ultimately succeed.
“SPEDU is all about setting up businesses both in manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. We deal with small villages and we are happy because after all Pilikwe are our neighbours,” he said.
He further said the 10 ladies would be taken for training before embarking on the exciting project.
“It is important that these young girls are nurtured on business principles particularly financial management,” said Mathokgwane.
This initiative was hailed by Kgosi Sebusang Sebusang. The village elder said it is heartbreaking that Pilikwe find itself on the brink of a poverty ravaged location while it had a thriving economy just three decades ago.
“We are glad that we have someone like Seretse leading us. Since ascending to the throne we have seen a new energy that has been missing. He has hit the ground running to ensure that this village is back to where it belongs,” said Sebusang.