From Apprentice to Successful Plumbing Technician

Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion
Joaquim Dhowo, 23 years old, from the Kamubukwana district, faced economic difficulties from an early age, especially after the early loss of his father, which left his mother, a farmer, as the sole provider. This situation led Joaquim to seek ways to contribute financially to his family.

In 2018, at the age of 17, he began working with his uncle, a plumber, to avoid delinquency and help with household expenses. Over time, he discovered a passion for plumbing due to the positive impact this profession had on the community. With the ambition to turn this passion into a career, Joaquim sought formal training and, in 2021, enrolled in the Water and Sanitation Professional Training Center. During the course, he stood out for his dedication and eagerness to learn, earning the respect of his instructors and colleagues. After completing his training, he did an internship at Palmontt SA, facilitated by Swisscontact under the Skills to Build project, which was an important step in his development.

After the internship, Joaquim started working independently, offering plumbing services in his community and surrounding areas. His meticulous work and commitment earned him a good reputation. Additionally, he worked on two major projects with the companies GES Construction and Services and EC3 Africa, which provided him with experience in larger and more complex projects. Currently, Joaquim is a plumbing technician at Sinohydro Corporation Limited Mozambique.

"I feel blessed by the opportunities I have had. With the income earned so far, I managed to buy a complete plumbing tool kit, essential for my independent work, and a motorcycle to facilitate travel and attend to more clients. Furthermore, I built a small house for my mother and a space for myself, and I support my three sisters with their school expenses. I do my best to provide comfort for my family," declared Joaquim.

Joaquim is determined to continue growing in the plumbing field. He plans to pursue higher education to acquire new knowledge and skills that will enable him to undertake larger-scale projects. Joaquim believes that continuous education is the key to success and encourages other young people to follow their passions and always strive for improvement.


This project is financed by the Medicor Foundation, Happel Foundation, and Linsi Foundation, among other donors. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.

Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion
Skills to Build
In close collaboration with the private sector, the project promotes improved competitiveness in the construction sector through specific training measures. In this way, the employment conditions and incomes of 470 already employed construction workers are to be improved or increased. In addition, 1 150 unskilled unemployed youth interested in...