A total of nine persons with disabilities graduated from this programme. The overall objective was to capacitate the participants with the necessary skills to start and operate small businesses in a competitive manner.
Elias Haindere, one of the participants, emphasised that the platform gave him a much-need boost for his confidence.
“I was always afraid to speak in front of a group, but after being exposed to different skills, including group presentations, I have become more confident. Thank you so much for making this possible,” he said.
Helena Ilovu, CED Small and Medium-Enterprise Development Project Officer, expressed gratitude to Old Mutual Namibia for the financial support.
She said: “Persons with disabilities are marginalised, especially in the rural areas and locations with small populations such as Nkurenkuru. Therefore, it is very important to work with supportive partners to make this training possible across all the regions.”
In May 2012, the University, which was the Polytechnic of Namibia at the time, signed an agreement with NDCN. Through the MoU, both parties committed to working together on a number of strategies to address the plight and aspirations of people living with disabilities. This has contributed to fulfilling the country’s constitutional requirements of providing equitable opportunities to all Namibians.