15 May 2019 18:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 15 MAY (NAMPA) Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW), Doreen Sioka has called on regional councillors in all 14 regions of Namibia to assist her ministry in supporting micro-businesses in their respective constituencies to grow.
In a speech presented on her behalf during the handover of materials and equipment for income generating activities (IGAs) at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Wednesday, Sioka suggested that regional councillors should support micro-businesses to grow from micro to bigger entities that generate high income.
When micro-entrepreneurs prosper, we are assured of having made a dent in combating poverty and thus contribute to the letter and spirit of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, Sioka stated.
The MGECW oversees the IGA programme aimed at contributing to the socio-economic empowerment of needy communities by encouraging them, especially women, to participate in the programme in order to create self-employment and job opportunities for others.
Sioka pointed out that her ministry provides start-up materials and equipment complemented by training in basic business management skills with the intention to capacitate and equip the IGA beneficiaries with skills to manage their projects efficiently and make profits.
She said the ministry strongly believes that if IGA beneficiaries manage their businesses profitably they will be earning income, improve their livelihoods and reduce poverty.
Laina Iileka, the ministrys chief community liaison officer in the region said the only payment the ministry wants to receive is that projects should work hard to sustain themselves in order for the government to be convinced that indeed, it is doing a great job.
Iileka indicated that the ministry has thus far funded 112 IGA projects throughout the Oshana Region.
According to her, the IGAs materials and equipment handed over on Wednesday are worth more than N.dollars 800 000.
It was handed over to 29 beneficiaries involved in activities such as poultry, tailoring, catering, beadwork, upholstery, hairdressing, welding and gardening from 11 constituencies of the Oshana Region.