Namibia: Magdalena Nambinga

Namibia: Magdalena Nambinga

Date: April 20, 2016
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I am a single mother of 2 who runs a mobile shop in Outapi Namibia. I was inspired to start this business by the fact that I was unemployed but had children to feed, school fees to pay and parents to take care of. That is the reason I opened a mobile shop selling groceries and household goods to the communities around the hinterland of Outapi town. The business very productive because I take goods to the people`s doorsteps and the old members of the community loves it.

My products includes mealie meal, sugar, salt, Vaseline and other utensils. My life has changed dramatically because now I can afford to put food on the table and send my children to school and also provide for my old parents. I have attended the Gender Links’ Entrepreneurship workshop were I learnt the importance of opening a bank account. This  has helped me save a lot of money and to avoid losing my money to thieves.

I have managed to employ 3 people to help me sell products. My future plans include to buy a bigger truck which can carry my goods across the vicinity. I hopes that the council of Outapi would allocate me a place to work from so that I may stop commuter business.

The business is not yet registered with the ministry of finance, ministry of trade and industry and social security. Magdalena hopes that the business will eventually self-promote or market its products but meanwhile she is giving out business cards, brochures, and using word of mouth to advertise.

I was lucky to be included in Gender Links Entrepreneurship workshops Phase 1 and 2 training which taught me a lot about drafting business plan, budgeting, recording of transactions and basic bookkeeping. I am very grateful that the training Gender Links Namibia provided me with training for free helped turn around my business fortunes. She says that writing her I story helped heal the wounds and was very therapeutic psychologically.