Júlio, a 22-year-old young man from the Manhiça District in the Maputo Province, began his professional journey at the age of 17 as a welding assistant in his uncle's workshop. It was there that his interest in welding turned into a dream of becoming a qualified professional in the field.
The Skills to Build project, facilitated by Swisscontact, provided Júlio with the opportunity to intern at Dingsheng Minerais, one of the workshops of the Ports and Railways of Mozambique. Even as the distance increased to 210 kilometers during the internship, Júlio faced the challenges with determination, working long hours honing his skills. He not only easily adapted to the job's demands but also excelled in welding pipes, metal structures, and tanks for heavy sands.
Being part of Dingsheng Minerais became a dream come true for Júlio. In addition to achieving his own professional aspirations, he can now contribute financially to his family, supporting his parents and building his own house. His successful journey is an inspiring example of how perseverance and dedication can turn dreams into reality.
This project is financed by the Medicor Foundation, Happel Foundation, and U.W. Linsi-Stiftung, 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.