04 Jun 2019 17:50pm
ARANDIS, 04 JUN (NAMPA) - Close to 25 Small And Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Arandis Constituency on Monday received equipment from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) here on Monday.
The CDF was recently implemented by the government with aim to empower the local communities at constituency level with resources to design and implement development projects.
The 22 beneficiaries, from sectors such as catering, tailoring, gardening and laundry, received equipment ranging from deep freezers to washing machines.
Arandis Constituency Councillor, Benitha Imbamba, during the handover ceremony, said the CDF was established to assist SMEs to gradually develop into well-established elite businesses.
The aim of the programme is to uplift our communities to create jobs and hopefully help them towards becoming bigger businesses in the future, she noted.
One of the beneficiaries, Israel Amupadhi of Aina and Mossy Trading CC in Arandis, who has been running a tuck shop business since 2008, received a deep freezer, which he aims to use to store the meat and chicken he sells.
My wife and I are very grateful for this as this will now give us an opportunity to expand our business and reach out to more customers, Amupadhi said.
Another recipient, Victorine Musuuo of Turi-Pamwe Trading, has been operating her laundry business for about 13 years and is the breadwinner for her five unemployed children.
I have been using mainly my hands and the help of a small washing machine to wash people's clothes since I started off and with this new washing machine, I will now be able to work efficiently and faster, she expressed happily.