Namibia: Leticia Mutilifa

Namibia: Leticia Mutilifa

Date: April 20, 2016
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I am a single mother of 5 children who runs a tailoring business in Otavi.Very much happy that I own this type of business for the fact that I was unemployed but had a family to take care of. The business is small but I am satisfied with it and the profit I get. My business is to make dresses, skirts and shirts and sells to the community people as potential customers. I am operating at my house because I don’t have enough money to rent a building but the business is progressing very well and I am getting more customers.

My life has changed totally because I can afford to buy food, send my children to school, and pay water and electricity. I now managing my life without depending to someone else like before. Gender links training has improved my business skills and helped me to realise the importance of  having my own a bank account and teaching me business aspects such as marketing, planning and stock controlling. I now have two separate bank accounts for business and a personal account and that help me not to mix the money for the business and my persona money.

My business is still small and I am managing it alone even though I am planning to employ 2 people to manage the existing workload. I have seen that the business has a potential to grow and i want to get a loan from the bank to increase the production.

My business is not yet registered with relevant authorities such as the ministry of trade and industry, ministry of finance, and social security commission. I  have marketed my products through local radio, send sms and through the word of the mouth approach and more customers are forth coming to support the business.

I was privileged to be part of Gender links Entrepreneurship training especially Phase 1 and 2 where I was taught how to write a business plan, budgeting, recording keeping and market research. The skills I have received had tremendously contributed to the growth of my business and also they way things are handled.