Empowering Namibian women

Bank Windhoek supports women’s entrepreneurship growth

05 February 2021 | Banking

STAFF REPORTER





Forty-eight mentors and mentees will officially kick off this year’s Katuka mentorship programme in Windhoek on Wednesday, and well-known human resource specialist Sabine Ruegg will conduct a three-day orientation programme.

Sponsored by Bank Windhoek, the mentorship programme aims to empower and encourage entrepreneurs, business- and professional women to succeed in their careers through mentorship by seasoned business- and professional women.

The late Lena Markus, former businesswoman of the year 2000 in the category corporate/professional, founded the programme.

In its twentieth year, the programme has produced significant results in the careers of the participating mentees.

To date, 401 entrepreneurs and businesswomen have completed the programme.

“The Katuka mentorship programme is a method of advancement which provides support and training through relationship-building. It is about matching a mentee and a mentor with a similar personal and professional interests in the process of support, sharing and learning to help entrepreneurs and businesswomen who want to start up, successfully run or achieve success in their existing field of business at the highest level,” said the programme’s organiser, Desèré Lundon-Muller.

Bank Windhoek’s head of corporate social investments, sponsorship and events, Bronwyn Moody, said the bank is a partner for growth for women entrepreneurs – both personally and professionally.

“We are proud to be a conduit to the relationship that mentors and mentees will be building over the coming year.”

Designed to facilitate the career development of younger women by exposing them to the experience of individuals with established careers, the mentorship programme will host its second training session in April and a third in August.

“As we journey together in this partnership, we hope that each one who is involved in this process reaches her full potential,” Moody said.

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