MGECW hands over items for income generating projects in ||Kharas

Income Generating Activities (IGA) are aim at contributing to socio-economic empowerment of needy communities in order for them to create self-employment and in many cases create employment for others.

The remarks were made by the Minister of Gender, Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW), Lucia Witbooi here on Monday while handing over IGA equipment and materials to 31 beneficiaries.

The ministry believe strongly believe that if IGA beneficiaries manage their business profitably they will be earning 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 remain 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 the people who will use them better, Witbooi warned the beneficiaries.

She added that the materials and equipment are complemented by training in basic business management skills which intended to capacitate and equip the beneficiaries with skills so that they manage their projects efficiency and make profits.

Also speaking Keetmanshoop Deputy Mayor, Hilia Titus said as a result of economic hardship employment markets are shrinking and jobs are becoming difficult to find citing that the IGA support programme is therefore the right vehicle for the youth, women and men to become self-employers.

My modest call therefore to you the beneficiaries of today is to be self-employers 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 the poverty, she said.

The projects that were funded by the ministry include catering, home decoration, needlework, car wash and bakery among others and it cost the ministry N.dollars 448 000.

Beneficiaries were from all seven constituency in the Region.

Speaking to Nampa one of the beneficiaries, 24-years-old Joel Claassen who received equipment for his car wash business extended a word of gratitude towards the government is doing despite the economic down fall. We thank the government for supporting us, my words to my fellow beneficiaries is that we take what was given to us to and make use of it to improve our living standard and even employ others, he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency