Three win at ‘Women in Biomass Industry’ Awards

The Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG) in partnership with the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation (BCBU) Project on Wednesday held the Women in Biomass Industry Awards.

In a press release availed to Nampa on Thursday, Knowledge Management Advisor for the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project, Asellah David said the awards, which are the first of its kind, honoured women in bush-based value chains in Namibia.

David said the awards recognised creativity and innovation in bush biomass value chains, leadership, awareness, dedication, and contribution to the growth and development of the biomass industry.

He said for this year, three women scooped awards in the categories entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership and social and community engagement, as well as the employee award.

The entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership award went to Agnes Tjiramba who is a resettled farmer at Otjinene in the Omaheke region. Tjiramba who walked away with a cheque for N.dollars 25 000 is the sole owner and managing director of Grootrooibult farming, a company set up with a diverse portfolio of farm operations, including livestock farming, crop production as well as charcoal production. She employs 20 people.

Jenny Paulse, an employee at Okahandja’s Jumbo Charcoal, won the social and community engagement award and a prize of N.dollars 15 000. She has been with the company for over 22 years and is responsible for packaging export products which include scheduling, quality adherence, team management and logistics.

The third winner was Taimi Ndilimani, who scooped the ‘shooting star’ award and walked away with a prize of N.dollars 10 000. She is responsible for all stock matters at Jumbo Charcoal, overseeing a team of 13. She assists in implementing new processes, promoting new products and educating those around her on sustainability.

The three were selected out of 17 women who were nominated from different regions countrywide in different categories.

Source: Namibia Press Agency