Erongo Independence celebrations, a business opportunity

03 Apr 2017 14:00pm
By Paulus Shiku
SPITZKOPPE, 03 APR (NAMPA) – Women from Erongo Region on Saturday grabbed the opportunity to conduct business at belated national 27th Independence celebrations in Spitzkoppe.
The settlement is located about 60 kilometres west of Usakos.
More than five women were selling fruit, sweets, roasted meat, salads and fat cakes under the shades of trees at the event.
Those who spoke to Nampa said they know that when more people gather at one place to celebrate, it is an indication for good business.
The women’s businesses are mobile, moving from one settlement to another following events to conduct business.
All survive from the little money they make. Some of them are single mothers.
Reiner Kamati, 35, from Henties Bay, supports her three children through selling salads and soft drinks.
“I have to work hard to make money and support my children,” she told Nampa on Saturday.
Kamati said she spent N.dollars 500 to put fuel in a car which brought her goods here and is happy to have recovered that money already.
Hilde !Hones, 42 from Arandis, said business is good, because there are more people buying.
!Hones said she usually makes N.dollars 4 000 profit every month and expects to make a similar amount in one day due to good sales at the event.
“I want to grow my business so that when I make more money, I can use some of it to give to disabled children and elders in need.”
Doreen Doeses, 33, appreciated the event because it brought her new clients.
Doeses sells fat cakes and sweets in Spitzkoppe, where she lives.
She usually sells at the Katora Primary School, where she competes with four other women selling the same food.
Doeses said her profit for a day is only N.dollars 100, because learners do not have money.
“There is poverty here, we have no jobs; life is very slow but we are doing our best. We will appreciate support to have business stands here.”
She said that if she has a proper business stall, more people will buy from her because clients respect “quality things”.
About 200 people, mostly children, were in attendance, listening to the speech of President Hage Geingob as delivered by Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua.
Geingob delivered the same message in Rundu during the national 27th Independence celebration on 21 March.