By Victor Angula|

The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare this afternoon handed over Income Generating Activities (IGAs) materials and equipment to six beneficiaries of Oshana region.

Ms Bernadette Maria Jagger said at the handover that took place in Ongwediva that this was how her ministry “strives to contribute to the improvement of livelihoods through Income Generating Activities support programme by encouraging women and men from poor communities to establish or expand their micro enterprises.”

The Deputy Minister further stated that the Ministry funds viable income generating activities that have potential to flourish and create employment opportunities.

“I therefore believe that the IGAs to be supported today are equally viable and will contribute to the economic upliftment of the people of Oshana Region,” Ms Jagger said.

The projects which received the support in the form of the materials, equipment and tools totaling a value of N$81,731.65 are Atsaambo Piggery Farm in Oshakati West constituency, Ntinda Poultry Project in Ompundja constituency, Lyuumba Welding in Uukwiyuushona constituency, Jovie Boutique in Ondangwa Urban constituency, Nangy Fashion in Okaku constituency, and Okapya Garden in Ondangwa Rural constituency.

“The purpose is for you to go and work hard to make your project productive. It’s for you to use the materials and equipment for the intended purpose. If you have received the equipment for piggery farming, please go and use it for the piggery farming and not for something else,” Jagger told the beneficiaries at an event that was attended by Oshana Governor Elia Irimari and Ongwediva Mayor Tarah Shalyefu.

“Use them to improve your income and create employment. Bear in mind that those equipment and tools remain the property of the ministry, so that if you misuse or mismanage them the ministry will come and take them away to give them to other people who need them.”

In the photo: Atsaambo Piggery Farm owners Ms Aune Shilongo and Ms Rebbeca Almeida standing in front of the bags of cement, corrugated iron sheets and poles given to them to improve the structure of their farm. With them is Deputy Minister Jagger on the left, with Governor Irimari and Mayor Shalyefu on the right.