Credit scheme changes youths’ fortunes

by Loide Jason

Credit scheme changes youths’ fortunes

Ongwediva

Some of the young people that received business training from Namibia Youth Credit Scheme (NYCS), co-funded by the Youth, Sport and National Service, are are doing so well they are employing others.

This was revealed by some of the youth that New Era spoke to at the recent Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair that ended on Saturday.
One of the people, who benefitted from the scheme formulated to enable Namibian youth to access capital so as to significantly participate in the socio-economic development of Namibia is Linus Lituleni Shoombe from Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay.



Shoombe, who now has his own business specialising in arts, said he started doing art in high school and was encouraged when he won an award after participating in a school competition sponsored by Standard Bank.

The 36 year old now makes a living from drawing images of cabinet ministers, as well as members of the public. He said he has been working hard and has even trained others on how to draw and paint, but most have apparently thrown in the towel, because being an artist is no walk in the park.

“The beginning is always tough, but I’m glad that one of my friends that I trained myself and supported financially, Immanuel Immanuel, has succeeded and now has his own business,” said Shoombe.

He further said he has drawn and painted images of Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa that are ready to be sold. The artist also has drawn a portrait of former National Assembly Speaker Theo-Ben Gurirab.

He said he would arrange to see if the ministers are willing to buy his life-like images. His prices go up to N$1 500 per piece.
Another young entrepreneur who spoke to New Era is Nandjembo Lahya, who employs three youth. She owns a nail salon in Okahandja and decided to share her knowledge she got from the ministry with other people, so that they will generate an income for themselves.

Maria Ekongo, youth employment officer in the Ministry of Youth, said about 9 080 young people have been trained since 2004 and of these 7 620 others have received loans through the credit scheme. She said the programme has had a huge impact on young people’s lives and contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of the country.

Artistic flair… Linus Lituleni Shoombe displays some of his artwork.

Artistic flair… Linus Lituleni Shoombe displays some of his artwork.

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