Kunene small businesses receive donation

12 Nov 2016 07:20am
OPUWO, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – Forty small businesses from six constituencies in the Kunene Region on Friday received the donation of various materials and equipment from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
Handed over in Opuwo on Thursday, the donation was given through the Income Generating Activities (IGA) programme of that ministry and is aimed at supporting community-based projects managed by individuals or groups.
Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka said the ministry strives to improve the living standards of people, especially needy communities in rural and urban areas, hence the introduction of the IGA programme as a priority area in its endeavour to achieve the national development goal of poverty alleviation as highlighted in the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
“I am pleased to mention that a total of N.dollars 224 000 has been spent on these materials and equipment.”
Sioka cautioned the beneficiaries to take care of the equipment and to help others through the profit they gain.
The equipment included among others sewing machines, irons, washing machines and meat cutting machines.
The minister appealed to the offices of the regional councillors to do the monitoring and evaluation of these projects.
“We want another group to benefit next time when we donate other materials,” Sioka said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Sennie Karutjaiva and his wife Lucire Kasupi from Puros in the Sesfontein Constituency said they will put the donated materials to good use.
The couple received equipment worth of N.dollars 40 000 for their camping site at Puros, situated about 70 kilometres south of Sesfontein.