SME Support Programme
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
An important part of Rössing Foundation’s activities is the diversification and strengthening of the local economy through providing support to small- and medium-scale enterprises.
SUPPORT TO DREAMLAND GARDEN
The Rössing Foundation continues to work with the members of the Dreamland Garden to improve the day-to-day operations.
In order to solve the problem with extended water outage, two tanks stand were erected, and two additional water tanks were installed. The garden is now able to store a total of 30,000 litres of water that can be used when the water supply system fails.
The Arandis Town Council has agreed to join hands with the garden management team to purchase a water pump on a 50-50 cost-sharing basis to ensure continuous water supply to the garden, as well as to the town.
To expedite the installation of the water pump, the Dreamland Garden management purchased it with funds availed through a loan agreement between Erongo Development Foundation and Bank Windhoek.
SUPPORT TO ERONGO DEVELOPMENT FUND MICRO FINANCE SCHEME
The Rössing Foundation continues to support the microfinance scheme of the Erongo Development Fund (EDF).
A meeting was held with the Arandis-based beneficiaries to get feedback on progress they achieved in their businesses. The beneficiaries voiced the challenges they face and it was agreed that the Foundation’s enterprise development team will meet the beneficiaries on a monthly basis to get an update on their activities and to support their initiatives.
The Arandis-based SMEs will form part of the Rössing Foundation mentoring programme and we are working closely with the Arandis constituency office on this undertaking, while other SMEs will be supported by their respective constituencies in the Erongo Region. The EDF beneficiaries range from security services and tailoring to construction and poultry production.
The table below shows the status quo for the loans disbursement by December 2018.
SUPPORT TO ÛIBA ÔAS CRYSTAL MARKET
The Rössing Foundation continues to work closely with the Ûiba Ôas Crystal Market Cooperative, situated on the main road between Usakos and Karibib, on several institutional-building initiatives.
The Ûiba Ôas Crystal Market management and the Rössing Foundation teams are currently working together with the Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) Arts and Craft Centre in Swakopmund to develop creative ways to provide training to the small-scale miners on value addition for their semi-precious stones. Stones mined by the miners were delivered to COSDEF and will be usedin jewellery-making. In addition, a two-week training session was held on jewellery design.
During a joint planning session, the Cooperative’s board and the Rössing Foundation team identified the need to provide potable water and electricity to the Crystal Market. Discussions were held with regional energy provider, Erongo RED, to investigate the feasibility and cost implications to provide electricity to the community.
As an alternative, the team proposed the refurbishment of the existing solar energy system. This would enable the community to install a charging station, refrigeration and other appliances. It is envisaged that the best solution will be implemented in the next reporting year.
SUPPORT TO ARANDIS SME ENTERPRISES
A total of 26 enterprises located in Arandis were assisted in personal business plans development and counselling while one medium-scale enterprises was assisted with a loan application amounting to N$25,000.
The entrepreneurs’ loan application was approved by Bank Windhoek, enabling him to purchase machinery needed for conducting his business.
OKOMBAHE SNAP-SHOT SURVEY
A survey was conducted by Rössing Foundation, Erongo Regional Council (Dâures Constituency) office and two committee members.
The purpose was to determine the true ownership of the land used for the Okombahe community garden, as well to get more insight in the project. The participants in the survey were the members of the Traditional Authority under which Okombahe resort, former project workers and former board members, all who were identified as critical stakeholders to be interviewed.
The fieldwork was completed in 2018; the analysis and interpretation of data will be completed early in 2019 to determine the garden’s ownership and to have documentation for future references archived.