Penduka receives equipment from TIKA

17 Dec 2014 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – The Penduka organisation on Tuesday received equipment valued at N.dollars 340 000 from the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).
Penduka is a non-governmental organisation assisting Namibian women to empower themselves.
Its centre is on the western banks of the Goreangab Dam.
The items received include two laptop computers, two electronic overlocking machines, 17 mattresses, 20 tables, 60 chairs, an oven, fridge, water filters, fencing material, fruit trees and three pedal boat canoes.
Speaking during the handing-over of the items, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Namibia, Deniz Cakar said the boats will be used to generate income for Penduka through renting them out.
“To my sisters, please always remember that when we do the best we can, we never know what miracle would happen in our life or in the life of another,” said Cakar.
She said empowering a woman leads to the improvement in the quality of life for that woman, her family and community.
Penduka has about 300 female staff members, and 20 per cent of them live with disabilities.
On her part, Khomas regional governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua said the items given were identified by the workers themselves.
“To my ladies, I am impressed with your work, continue doing the good work,” she noted.
Apart from making and selling hand-embroided linen, glass bead jewellery and grass baskets, the centre also offers accommodation facilities and a restaurant.
Penduka was founded in 1992.
In the OshiWambo and OtjiHerero languages, Penduka means “Wake Up!”
Loide Mwanyangapo, the quality controller for finished products at Penduka, told Nampa that they are very happy to be receiving such equipment, especially mattresses because customers complain that the beds are too old.
“We will make sure we continue to deliver our services to the maximum. We are very excited,” she stated.