21 Nov 2018 20:00pm
OUTAPI, 21 NOV (NAMPA) The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare strongly believes that if income-generating activity (IGA) beneficiaries manage their businesses profitably, they will earn income, improve their livelihoods and reduce poverty.
Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka said this whilst handing over IGA material and equipment to 25 projects in the Omusati Region during a ceremony held at Outapi Town on Wednesday.
According to Sioka, the 25 projects have a total of 57 individual beneficiaries. For the income-generating projects to improve, Sioka said her ministry provides start-up materials and equipment complemented by training in basic business management skills.
Training in business management is intended to capacitate and equip IGA beneficiaries with skills so that they manage their projects efficiently and make profits, Sioka said.
She pointed out that the handover is in line with her ministrys mandate, which is to ensure gender equality and equitable socio-economic development for women and men and the well-being of their children.
Sioka noted that the ministry oversees the IGA programme aimed at contributing socio-economic empowerment of needy communities by encouraging them, especially women, to participate in the IGA programme in order to create self-employment and employment of others.
She implored regional councillors to assist in supporting micro-businesses of women and men in their respective constituencies for their enterprises to grow from micro to small and eventually to bigger businesses that generate high income.
Sioka indicated that she will next year take stock of the performance of all IGA projects funded by her ministry in the regions and those found with idling equipment would lose the support.
The ministrys Director of Community Empowerment, Eline Nghiitwikwa revealed that the IGA programme started in the early 1990s with just N.dollars 30 000 catering to then 12 regions of the country.
Nghiitwikwa said the programme has thus far a total of 1 649 beneficiaries in the country of which 1 072 are women, while the programme has 203 projects in Omusati benefiting 768 individuals.
Saima Shatipamba, who is living with disabilities and owns the Tulongeni Poultry Project at Olupito in Omusatis Okalongo Constituency, was one of the beneficiaries on Wednesday.
She told Nampa that her poultry project started this year and is progressing well.
With the support of materials from the ministry, I am optimistic my project will expand into a business producing enough chickens for the Okalongo community and beyond, Shatipamba narrated.
The donated materials and equipment are of a combined N.dollars 600 000 value.