SME owners urged to empower their communities

21 Apr 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 APR (NAMPA) – Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) owners have been encouraged to empower communities through employment in order to improve their livelihoods.
Councillor for the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency, Christopher Likuwa said this could be done by expanding their businesses and employing residents of the area.
Likuwa said this during the handover of equipment by the Khomas Regional Council’s employment creation programme here on Friday.
Machinery, computers, sewing machines and cooking pots, among other equipment, totalling N.dollars 250 000 were handed over to 21 SME owners from the constituency.
“We see the need of the people in our communities, hence much effort is emphasised to fight unemployment by assisting those who are trying to be self-reliant and creating jobs for others,” said Likuwa.
The 21 beneficiaries were selected from 500 applicants who applied for the same donation in May last year.
The programme assists economic activities ranging from panel beating, shoe making, carpentry, bakery, catering, salon, tailoring, construction, welding, auto mechanic, printing and beading.
The Khomas Regional Council has supported over 150 SME projects since 2012 in the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency alone.
Owner of the Etemo Youth Project, Samuel Shatipamba was one of the beneficiaries who received woodwork and welding equipment.
Shatipamba started his business in 2011 after identifying a great number of school dropouts in his neighbourhood in the Ombili informal settlement. About 300 school dropouts have benefited from the project since it started.
Another beneficiary, Martha Frans, said she will be able to employ someone in her community now that she has her own computer and printer.
“In the past, I used to borrow my friend’s computer and printing machine to make income by making copies and typing curricula vitae for people,” said Frans.
Frans said her monthly income was N.dollars 100 but having her own computer now means she can work flexible hours and make more money.