Aroab SME owners hope for business uptick

Despite the negative impact the pandemic had on the small southern town, no business thus far had to close down.

04 March 2021 | Business

Our only customers were the pensioners, whereas before we had tourists crossing the border. - Loide Shikwanyu, Shop owner

Suzith Tjitaura – Small business owners at Aroab say they hope for better days as they have hardly generated any profits since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year.

Hendrina Jaartse, who sells clothing, said during the lockdown things got tough as they could not sell anything and this affected their livelihood.

“We see now that things are changing little by little, we can now make some money even if it is not much. We hope business will pick up again,” said Jaartse.

Loide Shikwanyu, who has a small grocery shop at the village’s small and medium enterprise (SME) stalls, said before the pandemic she made a profit and the shop could be stocked every week, but this is no longer the case.

She said they initially opened the shop to cater for locals as the main shop at the village is expensive and travelling to Keetmanshoop is not an option as it is a long distance to travel.

Tourists, however, later became a bigger source of income.

“With the closing of the border things became very hard. Our only customers were the pensioners, whereas before we had tourists crossing the border. We are making little to no profit,” said Shikwanyu, who has had the shop for three years.

To help curb the spread of Covid-19, the government introduced some restrictions including the closure of some borders such as the Klein Menasse Border Post about 35 km from Aroab.

ASSISTANCE

Jan Hendrikse, who owns a bakery at the village, said when the schools were closed during the first few months of the pandemic, his business suffered a blow as he could only supply bread to the little shops at the town and his profits were low.

“But now with the re-opening of the schools and the hostels, money has started to come in. My hope is to supply my bread on a bigger scale, grow the business and employ more young people from this village,” added Hendrikse.

The chief executive officer of the Aroab village council, Elsa Laubscher, said despite the negative impact the pandemic has had on small businesses, no business thus far had to close down.

“We did not have any businesses close down during this hard time. The village council is also in the process of erecting more SME stalls for the community to help them come up with small businesses to sustain themselves and improve their livelihood,” said Laubscher.

Aroab is located about 170 km east of Keetmanshoop. It has a population of about 4 500 inhabitants. - Nampa

Similar News

 

Letshego Holdings Namibia leads the charge on inclusive finance

9 hours ago | Business

Desiree GasesLHN focuses on offering financially inclusive solutions to underserved low- to middle-income earners across both the public and private sectors, as well as supporting...

The little black dress

9 hours ago | Business

Wetumwene ShikageDuring the opening remarks, Ndjaronguru mentioned why such platforms are so important for every woman. “'The Little Black Dress' symbolises the embodiment of power,...

COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF

9 hours ago | Business

Deliveroo orders more than doubled in Q1Food delivery company Deliveroo said its orders more than doubled in the quarter to end-March in its first trading...

Bank Windhoek awards vehicle sales people

9 hours ago | Business

STAFF REPORTERBank Windhoek awarded salespeople and dealerships in the motor vehicle industry at its first Northern Selekt Sales Awards ceremony hosted in Oshakati last week.Ongwediva...

Zimbabwe seeks new investors for ZISCO

1 day - 15 April 2021 | Business

Zimbabwe's state-controlled iron and steel company ZISCO has invited new investors to help revive operations at the company that has been the target of interest...

COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF

1 day - 15 April 2021 | Business

Tesco reports 2 billion pounds profit Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer beat its guidance by reporting total adjusted retail operating profit of 1.99 billion pounds (US$2.74...

Namibia’s new vehicle sales speeding

2 days ago - 14 April 2021 | Business

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUFor the first quarter of 2021, Namibia’s new vehicles sales increase by 12.3% when compared the first quarter of 2020 amounting to 2494 units.Similarly,...

PwC Business School launches new programme

2 days ago - 14 April 2021 | Business

Carlin Schumann – As part of PwC’s efforts to expand its Business School initiatives, we’ve joined forces with Unmatched Potential (Pty) Ltd and the founder...

Bourse Briefs

2 days ago - 14 April 2021 | Business

FirstRand Namibia (FNB)FNB reported a profit of about N$564.9 million for the six months ended 31 December 2020, a drop of 9.4% year-on-year (y/y). Operating...

Bull of a month for Capricorn

2 days ago - 14 April 2021 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – A jump of nearly 31% in its share price in March catapulted Capricorn Group (CGP) to the biggest company on the Local...

Latest News

Somehow intertwined, definitely unveiled

9 hours ago | Others

Natasha Beyeveld Sounds a bit like true love fading away due to dis(ease) versus an abusive relationship crashing into pieces. Sometimes we have a...

Consumers to make peace with...

9 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUAnnual meat inflation increased significantly to 13.3% in March this year compared to a rate of 3.3% recorded in March last year, an increase...

Trans-Zambezi railway extension studied

9 hours ago | Economics

Government has commenced with a feasibility study to help determine the viability of developing and extending the Trans-Zambezi railway to link Namibia with other member...

‘I won’t humiliate ministers’

9 hours ago | Government

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKPresident Hage Geingob yesterday said he will not humiliate ministers accused of corruption by firing them, as questions mount against his administration’s preference to...

DJ Omzala falls on hard...

9 hours ago | People

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOSHAKATI Former radio personality DJ Omzala, who graced the NBC airwaves in the 1990s, is a broken man.Off the airwaves, divorced and having had...

High-level panel members land plum...

9 hours ago | Government

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKSeveral of the individuals who served on the High-Level Panel on the Namibian Economy (HLPNE) have been landed cushy government jobs since playing advisor...

Confidently learning and rising

9 hours ago | People

Wetumwene Shikage Elise Abraham started assisting her aunt at a catering company known as “Kitchen LaPeney”. Now she runs her own business.Abraham attended primary...

Muteka sees herself advancing to...

9 hours ago | People

Michelline NawatisesHendrina Muteka is a self-motivated and result-oriented young woman. She grew up in Tsumeb and moved to Windhoek in 2011 to pursue her studies...

A force to be reckoned...

9 hours ago | People

Monique Adams Esther Shikalepo is an administrative assistant in the benefits processing division at the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF). This division is the engine...

Load More