SMEs get a shot in the arm

06 February 2015

Newly appointed Windhoek West Constituency Councillor George Trepper this week handed over much needed equipment to nine Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Trepper, who took over from the late Shikwetepo Haindongo, handed over equipment and other materials valued at N$150,000 on Wednesday morning.

The beneficiaries ranged from welders, tailors, catering businesses and hair salons.

“The regional council is trying very hard to alleviate poverty and unemployment in order to realize Vision 2030,” Trepper said at the handing over ceremony which took place at the council’s headquarters.

He said the initiative, which had been driven by Haindongo over the years, was the council’s way of helping residents eradicate poverty and unemployment.

The grants are given in the form of equipment and various other materials that each business needs to run successfully.

The grants can be given to either an existing business or a start-up, granted that it meets the requirements set forth by the council.

“I am encouraging those who receive grants today to start-up a business project and be self –reliant. Projects that will be viable and sustainable to generate income and create employment,” Trepper stressed.

He urged unemployed community members to contact his office should they have viable business ideas that they wish to pursue. If the idea meets all the requirements, the council would try to help out with the grant as they did.

White Feathers creations and deco cc, W.J. Sweis Werke, In-house Catering Service, Tiro’s Catering, Tupue Hair Salon, Tulongeni Project, Utjinda CC, Nepeti’s Tulonge Pamwe and Deaf Welders Project, were the recipients of the grant.

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