By Foibe Paavo
Swakopmund, Aug. 11 – Some mentors in business preach that not even the sky should be the limit and a Walvis Bay woman who has a big ambition and aspirations to succeed is a firm believer of that gospel.
Delemina Haimbodi, founder and owner of Delly Shuttle & Tours refused to be defined by her circumstances after she went travelled in 2003 to seek her niche in life.
She got a job as a casual worker in a fish factory but only earned money when she was called into work. The salary was also not something to write home about.
As her dreams were being crushed by financial restrictions, Haimbodi refused to wallow in misery as bills threatened to overwhelm her. She looked around for something that could take her out of poverty and she found it.
Haimbodi had a driver’s licence and she decided to make use of it between call-ups to the fish factory. She took up a job as a taxi driver shuttling between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
Her employer was another woman in business and she became her mentor who motivated her to work hard and plan for a better future she saved up and bought her first vehicle in 2008.
While continuing to work as a taxi driver, Haimbodi bought another car, a Toyota Corolla in 2012 and registered Delly Shuttle & Tours.
She then started flourishing transporting guests from Roois Airport to Walvis Bay hotels and other places and dropped some door-to-door in Swakopmund, Henties bay.
She had numerous trips to Windhoek airport, Etosha national park, and Cape Cross in her red Toyota.
Today, Delly Shuttle & Tours has a large vehicle fleet on the road and still driving.
Haimbodi is a proud single mother of three boys and one daughter and is now enrolled at the University of Namibia to sharpen her business administration.
Her story left many inspired.