Enabling the less abled entrepreneurs

NUST’s Centre for Enterprise Development (CED), in collaboration with the National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) and Old Mutual Namibia, recently facilitated entrepreneurial training for persons living with disabilities. Old Mutual injected a considerate cash amount of N$450 000 into the project, for a period of three years.

Eight students in the Omusati Region, received training in various areas such as business, financial, and marketing management. The objective of the initiative is to capacitate less privileged persons with knowledge on how to start and operate small businesses in a sustainable way, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People are living with 100% eyesight, yet they have no vision. People can walk and run, but have no mission. A large portion of the population can hear perfectly, but they do not listen, while those who are able, do not act. Thus, I extend my admiration to those that act despite their circumstances,” Ms Mauriza Fredericks, Old Mutual’s Manager: Communications and Social Responsibility.

Justina Uuyani, one of the graduates, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity. “I have a chicken business at my homestead, and with the knowledge I acquired, I believe that I can now run my business better,”she said.

The programme has been running since 2014 where the NDCN embarked one a project to empower persons with disabilities.“So far, we have trained over 150 participants in areas such as Windhoek, Nkurenkuru and Gobabis. The overall goal is to equip participants with the knowledge they need to start and operate their businesses in a sustainable manner,” remarked Godwin Chisenga, the Director of CED.

Date: 
Friday, February 19, 2021
for Month: 
February, 2021

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