Windhoek, Aug. 28 — The call for submission of proposals to acquire funds raised during the WE RACE TOGETHER initiative to improve livelihoods in the areas of Food Security and SME Youth Empowerment is now open until 13 September 2022.
Following a successful event of the WE RACE TOGETHER on 22 May 2022 that raised an amount of N$1 440 091.71, it has always been the objective that the funds raised will be channelled towards a social welfare cause(s) aimed at improving the destitute and living conditions of Namibians.
The expression of interest invites established and aspiring gardeners who have aspirations of bolstering existing gardens or establishing such for benefiting the community. In addition, while the lack of start-up capital has also made a visible dent in youth unemployment, parallel to the rising numbers, particularly among young graduates, the expression of interest is also thus calling on young graduates particularly in the National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector to apply for grants to start up their businesses.
“These grants are aimed to support unemployed youth between the ages 18 to 35 who have a TVET qualification but cannot make ends meet because they do not have the equipment to start up their own small businesses. “We are aware of young graduates who graduated from technical and vocational centres but cannot be absorbed by the market. They have the skills but cannot start of business because of the cost of machinery. Grants will be used to procure for at least (70) start-up equipment grants for unemployed graduates,” said Fikameni Mathias, MTC Corporate Communications Practitioner.
The funds will also assist the horticulture industry with available grants aimed at supporting the establishment of planned Community Garden Projects, and assisting already existing Garden Projects for the benefit of an identified community.
MTC with partners Bank Windhoek, BIPA, Namport, Momentum Metropolitan Namibia, CRAN, Bonlife, Kasi The vibe, Dundee Precious Metals, Pst Bet, Nampower, Erongo Red, Huawei, Shoprite, PWC, NamRa, Recon Namibia, NAC, Namib Mills, Namcor, NORED, NYC, Appolus Shimakeleni Lawyers and CSS Tactical Solutions Namibia encourage applicants for both Community Garden projects and SME Youth Empowerment grants are encouraged to submit a detailed proposal with an explicit budget, equipment quotation and complying project outcomes to FMathias@mtc.com.na