21 May 2014 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) A local fashion designer and gender activist on Tuesday said she is back on her feet after going bankrupt last year.
Hem Matsi, founder and manager of Hemline Fashions, is a well-known fashion designer in the country.
She was also recognised as the Windhoek Lager Ambassador for Arts in 2013.
I was bankrupt last year, and ended up not having money to pay my rent neither taxi fare. I decided to approach one of my customers, Tarah Shaanika, for an advance, she explained.
Speaking during the Namibian women's economic empowerment discussion organised by the Embassy of Finland and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) in the capital, Matsi said Shaanika, who is the NCCI Chief Executive Officer, referred her to the Chamber's Womens Entrepreneurship Desk.
This Desk aims to provide targeted services for the upliftment of women entrepreneurs in the country.
Thanks to assistance from the NCCI, Matsi will now reopen her shop along Independence Avenue in the capital on 01 June this year, and also open a new shop in Oshakati on 01 September 2014.
Hemline Fashions also branched out into the Hemline mobile shop and Hemline Hair, which sells lace wigs, including Brazilian hair extensions.
Apart from the Windhoek Lager Ambassador accolade, Matsi has won a number of awards like the 2010 International Fashion and Hair Award, and the 2012 Leading Innovative Womans Honorary Award in Ghana.
She is also the founder of non-governmental organisation Victims 2 Survivors, which aims to educate young women and girls about gender-based violence.