23 Sep 2019 19:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 23 SEP (NAMPA) The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) on Monday handed over equipment and materials to 31 beneficiaries in the ||Kharas Region engaged in income-generating activities (IGAs).
The items were handed over by Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW), Lucia Witbooi who said that the materials and equipment complement training in basic business management skills intended to capacitate and equip beneficiaries to manage their projects efficiently and make profits.
She explained that IGAs are aimed at contributing to socio-economic empowerment of needy communities so they can create self-employment and create employment for others.
The ministry strongly believes that if IGA beneficiaries manage their businesses profitably they could earn an income, improve their livelihoods and reduce poverty, she said.
Witbooi urged all the beneficiaries to guard against unnecessary vandalism, theft and malicious damage to the equipment.
The equipment remains yours as long as you use them optimally, but if the ministry finds that they are lying idle, the ministry has the right to repossess them and give them to those who will use them better, the deputy minister warned.
Keetmanshoop Deputy Mayor, Hilia Titus on her part stressed that as a result of economic hardship, employment markets are shrinking and jobs are becoming difficult to find, therefore the IGA support programme is the right vehicle for the youth, women and men to become self-employed.
My modest call to you the beneficiaries of today is to create work for yourself but most importantly to grow your businesses to become employers, by so doing you can help the municipalities, the regional council and the central government in alleviating poverty, she said.
The projects that were funded by the ministry include catering, home decoration, needlework, car wash establishments and bakeries among others to the tune of N.dollars 448 000.
A beneficiary, Joel Claassen, 24, who received equipment for his car wash also urged fellow beneficiaries to make use of the gesture and improve their living standards and also employ others.
Beneficiaries are from all seven constituencies in the region.