Tobias Hainyeko SMEs receive business equipment

WINDHOEK; The Tobias Hainyeko Constituency on Tuesday handed over business equipment worth N.dollars 155 000 to 18 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in that constituency.

The projects include barbershops, hair salons, “kapana” (roasted meat) vending, as well as sewing and bricklaying businesses.

Speaking during the ceremony, constituency councillor Zulu Shitongeni said the contribution is given to the beneficiaries so that they can improve and grow their fields of business.

“These income-generating activities empower our people to start up projects and contribute to their livelihood, thereby helping them to increase their production” he noted.

Helena Ithana, a student at the Institute of Open Learning, thanked the government on behalf of her mother who received wheat flour, sugar and cooking oil used to make fat cakes as part of her kapana business.

“I believe it was a long list of people (who applied), but we are very fortunate that my mother’s name was selected. I want to thank the government and hope it also helps others in the same manner it has helped my family” she said.

Mariam Mberirua, the chief community liaison officer in the Khomas Regional Council, noted that projects will be monitored on a monthly basis by council officers.

“If the projects were not satisfactorily viable, the government has the mandate to dispossess the beneficiaries off the materials and hand it to other productive members of the constituency,” she stressed.

The equipment handover is a joint venture between the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare and the Khomas Regional Council in order to alleviate poverty and reduce unemployment by supporting SMEs annually with materials to sustain their businesses.