SME Bank staff clean Katutura Old Age Home

07 Dec 2014 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 07 DEC (NAMPA) – Staff members of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Bank on Friday cleaned the Katutura Old Age home and donated cleaning materials to its residents.
SME Bank’s Head of Marketing and Communication, Angrid Shimuafeni told Nampa during the event that it was initiated by staff members about a month ago.
She explained that 133 staff members of the bank donated cleaning materials, toilet paper and curtains individually, and they were all present at the old age home on Friday, cleaning in shifts.
“This is the first time that such an initiative was conducted by the SME Bank, and it will become part of our social corporate responsibility to give back to the community when necessary,” said Shimuafeni.
The SME Bank was founded by the Namibian Government following the dissolution of the Small Business Credit Guarantee Trust (SBCGT) that was transformed into a fully-fledged commercial banking institution.
The bank pays special attention to projects of SMEs, rural communities, micro enterprises and previously disadvantaged individuals.
Leonara Hoyle, 63, one of the elders who live at the old age home, said she is happy with the bank’s assistance and hoped other organisations will also come forth and help them.
She noted that one of their biggest challenges is the lack of safety at their home, saying people throw bottles over the wall and make noise in the middle of the night, especially over weekends, and the police do not come when called.
Alex Kanu, site supervisor at the home, also expressed delight at the SME Bank for taking them into consideration through donations and rendering services to the old people.
Only five employees take care of 24 senior citizens at the old age home situated along Richard Tjiramba Street in Katututa central.