Seven young Namibian mothers have established a mask factory.
The mothers made this possible through funding from 'DREAMS' a United States funded project.
According to Dorin Gases who is just 18 : “This has been a life-changing experience. We can become a little bit more independent to look after our kids.
We are young women with other dreams too, and this can help us afford further education which we couldn't before,”
DREAMS is a project which aims to prevent new HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women.
It stands for determined, resilient, empowered, AIDs-free, mentored and safe.
The other young mothers are Imerencia Nowases (21), Monica Ipwaakena (24), Julia Elias (24), Ndapewashali Americu (20), Ester Naidila (21) and Enrica Goagoses (21).The entrepreneurs are all non-schoolgoing young mothers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Namibian Government wil from next month increase the pensions and grauities of retireesin the country by $50.
This disclosure was made in a statement by the Ministry of Poverty Eradication.
According to the Ministry's Permanent Secretary, I-Ben Nashandi, the increase would be backdated to April, this year.
The statement disclosed that all beneficiaries will receive N$1 450 in August, including a N$200 back pay for April, May, June and July.
It then stated that subsequently, a monthly amount of N$1 250 will be paid out to all beneficiaries as from September 2018.